Crackdown on TV licensing sees evaders caught out

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MORE television licence dodgers have been caught in Bognor Regis than the surrounding areas.

TV Licensing has revealed more than 350 people were caught watching their boxes without a licence during 2012.

This compares to over 60 in Littlehampton, more than 230 in Chichester and over 260 in Worthing.

Spokeswoman Victoria Sykes said:“The data released shows evasion remains at historically low levels of approximately five per cent, with the overwhelming majority of people ensuring there 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 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.

“Payment options include a weekly cash payment plan, a savings card or a monthly Direct Debit scheme, which can be set up very quickly online or over the phone.

“If people decide to watch TV without being properly licensed, they risk prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.”

TV Licensing also works with a range of money advice organisations.