310 have no TV licences

Figures released this week show that a total of 310 people were caught watching TV without a licence in Ilkeston last year.

The TV Licensing authority says that the average evasion rate across the UK is at an all time low.

Compared to some of its neighbours, Heanor had 80 unlicensed viewers while Derby had more than 1,500.

Last year in Ilkeston 350 people were caught without a licence.

TV Licensing spokesman for the East Midlands Mark Whitehouse said: “The data released today shows evasion remains at historically low levels of approximately five per cent, with the overwhelming majority of people ensuring they 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.”

He said there were many ways to pay, including a weekly cash payment plan, a savings card or a monthly direct debit scheme, which can be set up online or over the phone.

Watching TV without the proper license risks the viewer being landed with a fine of up to £1,000.