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Over 600 are quizzed in Northern Ireland over not having TV licence

More than 600 young people aged 18 to 25 across Northern Ireland have been interviewed by TV licence inspectors in the last year, according to new figures (PA)
More than 600 young people aged 18 to 25 across Northern Ireland have been interviewed by TV licence inspectors in the last year, according to new figures (PA)

By Staff Reporter

More than 600 young people aged 18 to 25 across Northern Ireland have been interviewed by TV licence inspectors in the last year, according to new figures.

The Belfast area, home to Queen's University, St Mary's and Stranmillis teaching colleges and the Ulster University's Belfast campus, was the worst offender with 145 people interviewed here alone - a 6% increase on last year, TV Licensing said.

More than 40 more young people were interviewed for not having a licence in Londonderry and Coleraine - two of Northern Ireland's biggest student community hubs.

Sinead Doyle, spokesperson for TV Licensing, said: "Students will now have settled into their new term and every year myths circulate around about when you do and don't need a licence.

"Most students own at least one device capable of showing live TV or watching BBC iPlayer - such as a laptop, smartphone or tablet computer - it's important they know the law around being correctly licensed, so we would encourage them to visit tvl.co.uk/uni to find out more."

A standard TV licence costs £154.50 and there are many payment options available, from paying in one go to spreading the cost over the year. They can buy and manage their licence online and if they don't need their licence for a full 12 months, they could apply for a refund.

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