Hundreds of homes still without valid TV licences

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MORE than 800 people in Milton Keynes were caught without a TV licence in the first six months of 2011.

Figures released by TV Licensing revealed 830 people were watching television with no licence, compared to just 190 in Aylesbury.

They are among almost 197,000 people caught across the UK during the first half of this year.

The average evasion rate remains at a low of just over five per cent, meaning that almost 95 per cent of properties are correctly licensed.

Pauline Gillingham, TV Licensing spokesman for the South East, said: “While the vast majority of people in the UK pay their licence fee, to be fair to those who pay, we have to be firm with those who try to get away without paying. We take TV Licence evasion very seriously and we will not hesitate to prosecute if people continue to break the law.

“We do understand some people may find it difficult to pay their licence fee in one go, which is why we offer numerous ways to spread the cost.”

TV licences are required by everyone who watches or records TV programmes as they are shown on TV, whether they are using a traditional TV or computer.