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More than 660 people caught watching TV without a licence in Lincoln in 2012

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: February 21, 2013

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More than 660 people were caught watching TV without a licence in Lincoln last year.

This compares with more than 340 people in Gainsborough and more than 110 people in Sleaford.

TV Licensing also revealed the average evasion rate is just over 5 per cent, which means almost 95 per cent of homes in Lincolnshire are properly licensed.

Mark Whitehouse, TV Licensing spokesman for East Anglia, said: "The data released shows evasion remains at historically low levels of approximately 5 per cent.

"That means the overwhelming majority of people have ensured they are correctly licensed.

"In order to be fair to the law-abiding majority who do pay for their licence, we'll continue to pursue the small minority of people who do not pay.

"We do understand some people may find it difficult to pay in one go, which is why we offer numerous ways to spread the cost."

A colour TV licence currently costs £145.50 and is required by anyone watching or recording TV programmes on TV or a computer.

People who do so without a licence are risking court prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.

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  • paper  |  February 25 2013, 1:29AM

    In years to come our grandchildren will be reading these archives thinking what a crazy world they must have lived in then, going to court for not paying to watch the tv which they have bought with the electricity that they pay for!

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  • Pete67  |  February 23 2013, 3:57PM

    IT_MAN - - - If it was sold off we wouldn't be much better off as we would (going by the present), have to pay for unemployment, council tax etc for the ones who lost their jobs. As I see it the only ones better off would be the unemployed or very low waged with a TV licence to start with. The licence fee though has for years been a total rip-off, or as a lot see it 'demanding money with menaces'.

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  • IT_MAN  |  February 22 2013, 7:09PM

    I too would like to see the license done away with, but if it was sold off most of them would lose their jobs and perks but we would all better off.

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  • Pete67  |  February 22 2013, 10:34AM

    It's a pity they won't allow a licence that's as old as most of the programs, or a few copies of one to cover the repeats.

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  • IT_MAN  |  February 22 2013, 3:52AM

    What about those with 4G that bcan watch TV?

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  • InsideStory  |  February 21 2013, 6:16PM

    The BBC should be self funding and the licence fee scrapped .

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