Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

TV licence fee dodgers beware

Following your article about the prosecution of Jayne Parkinson for non-payment of the TV licence fee (News, January 31), I would like to clarify a few points.

The TV licence is a legal requirement and anyone found watching TV illegally does risk prosecution.

While extenuating circumstances are always taken into account, unfortunately this is not the first time Ms Parkinson has been caught and prosecuted for evasion of the TV licence fee.

Ms Parkinson pleaded guilty at Laganside Magistrate's Court on February 1 and was fined accordingly.

Her difficult personal circumstances will have been considered.

On behalf of the majority who do pay, TV Licensing has a duty to enforce the law. We do everything we can to ensure that people are aware of their legal obligations and are given every opportunity to pay.

PAULINE GILLINGHAM

TV Licensing, London WC2

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