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Up to courts to jail defaulters

Published 02/04/2012

A recent letter, headlined 'Jail for non-payment of TV Licence is criminal' (Write Back, March 29), suggested that non-payment of the TV Licence fee can result in imprisonment. This is incorrect.

The maximum penalty for watching TV illegally is a fine of up to £1,000.

A custodial sentence can be imposed as a result of non-payment of court fines, including fines for TV Licence evasion. However, that is a matter for the courts.

DEBORAH KING

TV Licensing

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