Licence dodgers are collared

MORE than 130 people have been caught watching TV without a licence in Morpeth this year.

The figures have been released by TV Licensing for the first six months of 2012.

In Northumberland more than 940 were caught, and nationally more than 204,000 were nabbed.

Those who watch television without a licence can face prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.

However, 95 percent of properties are correctly licensed.

TV Licensing spokeswoman Jenny Wilkinson said: “Today’s figures paint a very positive picture as the vast majority of people in the UK continue to pay their licence fee. Unfortunately, a minority of people do not pay for their licence, which is unfair to the law-abiding majority who do pay.”

A colour TV licence costs £145.50 and is required by anyone watching or recording television programmes, whether on a television set, computer or other equipment.

There are numerous ways to spread the cost, including a weekly cash payment plan, a savings card or monthly direct debit scheme.