350 illegal TV viewers

MORE than 350 people were caught watching TV without a licence in Ilkeston last year, inspectors revealed this week.

Across Derbyshire there were more than 5,100 people caught out with 80 of those in neighbouring Heanor and 1,800 in Derby.

Experts have said the evasion rate has remained steady at around five per cent for the last five years.

Mark Whitehouse, TV Licensing spokesman for the East Midlands, said: “On behalf of licence fee payers in Ilkeston, we are committed to tackling evasion and enforcing the law amongst the small minority who should pay, but don’t. It’s only fair.”

The penalty is a fine of up to £1,000, plus court costs and a victim surcharge. Anyone found guilty is also required to buy a TV Licence at £145.50.