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Over 200 in High Wycombe dodge TV licence in 2012
IT has been revealed that more than 200 people in High Wycombe have been caught watching TV without a TV licence in the first half of 2012.
A further 60 people in Maidenhead and more than 690 in Slough also face fines for the same offence.
A colour TV Licence currently costs £145.50 and is required by anyone watching or recording TV programmes as they are shown on TV, whether they are using a TV set, computer, or any other equipment. Anyone watching TV illegally risks prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.
Despite almost 95per cent of properties being correctly licensed there were still more than 204,000 people caught evading the cost during the first six months of 2012.
Victoria Sykes, TV Licensing spokesperson, said yesterday: “Today’s figures paint a very positive picture as the vast majority of people in the UK continue to pay their licence fee. Unfortunately, a minority of people do not pay for their licence, which is unfair to the law-abiding majority who do pay.”
While the fine levied for failing to buy a TV licence can be up to £1,000, the average fine for dangerous driving is £138, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists.
And penalty notices for shoplifters can often range around the £50-£80 mark.
Recent criminal hearings at Wycombe Magistrates' Court have resulted in community orders being given to people convicted of burglary, theft and assault.
One burglar was given a community punishment and made to pay costs of just £85, while two charges of theft faced by another defendant escaped a financial penalty.