Hundreds caught in TV licence crackdown

TV LICENSING has revealed that more than 300 people were caught watching TV without a licence in Newtownabbey during the first six months of 2012.

The figure for January - June 2012, which includes 50 evaders caught in the Ballyclare area, compares to around 140 in Carrickfergus and 110 in Larne.

Across Northern Ireland, more than 8,300 people caught watching TV without a licence during the first half of the year. The average evasion rate remains at a low of just over five per cent, meaning that almost 95 per cent of properties are correctly licensed.

Deborah King, TV Licensing spokesperson, said: “If people decide to watch TV without being properly licensed, they risk prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000. We do understand some people may find it difficult to pay their licence fee in one go, which is why we offer numerous ways to spread the cost, including a weekly cash payment plan, a savings card and monthly Direct Debit scheme, which can all be set up very quickly online or over the phone.”

Further information on how and where to pay the licence fee can be found online at