Bracknell and Wokingham TV Licence dodgers caught

Published: 27 Feb 2013 16:300 comments

HUNDREDS of residents in Bracknell and Wokingham were caught watching television illegally last year, inspectors have revealed.

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In figures released last week, TV Licensing said 450 people across Bracknell Forest and 110 in Wokingham were caught watching TV without a licence during 2012.

This compares to 1,100 in Reading, 150 in Newbury and 160 in Maidenhead.

Victoria Sykes, spokeswoman for TV Licensing, said: "The data released shows evasion remains at historically low levels of approximately 5%, 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 online or over the phone.

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.

For more about licensing requirements and ways to pay see www.tvlicensing.co.uk

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