Warning as 24 caught without TV licence in Spalding

TV Licensing has issued a warning to young people who may not haqve bought a licence. ANL-151019-163041001
TV Licensing has issued a warning to young people who may not haqve bought a licence. ANL-151019-163041001
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Twenty-four young people have been caught in Spalding without a TV licence.

They are among more than 26,000 18 to 25-year-olds caught watching live TV without a licence in the past year, according to new figures released yesterday by TV Licensing.

Every year myths circulate around campus about when you do and don’t need a licence

Mark Whitehouse, spokesman for TV Licensing

As a result, TV Licensing is sending out a warning to young people who may be watching TV on a laptop or on their mobile phones.

TV Licensing is reminding them that they could face prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000 if they are caught watching live TV, on any device, without a TV licence.

Recent research by TV Licensing shows 29 per cent think TV Licensing can’t catch people watching live TV on a computer, laptop or mobile device and just over half of students believe that people in general are unlikely to be caught if they watch live TV without a TV licence.

Mark Whitehouse, spokesman for TV Licensing in East Anglia, said 75 per cent of first year undergraduates are aged 25 and under. He said “Every year myths circulate around campus about when you do and don’t need a licence.

“We want to make sure students know one is needed by law to watch or record live TV, on any device including a laptop, tablet, mobile phone or games console.

“A TV licence costs on average £12.13 a month which goes towards services like Radio 1’s Big Weekend, BBC iPlayer, Newsbeat and BBC One Match of the Day.”

However, research has 
also showed young people think the licence is good value.

To avoid the risk of prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000, students can check if they need a licence by visiting the TV Licensing website or by calling 0300 790 6113.