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TV licence evasion hotspots revealed

PUBLISHED: 14:03 04 August 2009 | UPDATED: 10:55 23 August 2010

HUNDREDS of residents in north Kent have been caught watching television without a licence. During the first six months of this year Gravesend topped the ten hotspots in Kent with 313 offenders, compared to Dartford in seventh spot with 205. They make u

HUNDREDS of residents in north Kent have been caught watching television without a licence.

During the first six months of this year Gravesend topped the ten hotspots in Kent with 313 offenders, compared to Dartford in seventh spot with 205.

They make up more than 214,000 people caught across the UK, about 5,000 more compared to the same period last year.

Joanna Pearce, TV Licensing spokesperson, said: "These figures show our continued effectiveness in catching people who watch TV illegally and therefore penalise the honest majority who do pay."

The average evasion rate is currently just over five per cent, meaning that almost 95 per cent of properties are correctly licensed.

A colour TV Licence costs £142.50 and is required by anyone watching or recording programmes as they are broadcast on a TV set, computer or any other equipment.

Those without a licence risk prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.

Further information on how and where to pay the Licence Fee visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk/info.

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