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60 people face prosecution at Derry Magistrates’ Court for having no TV licence

THE television licensing authority has said it will continue to prosecute people who do not pay TV licence fees.

A TV Licensing spokesperson told Belfast Daily while it was a last resort they would continue to bring people to court for licence evasion.

The spokesperson was speaking after over 60 people were listed in proceedings at Thursday’’s sitting of Derry Magistrates Court.

The spokesperson said: “We always prefer people to buy a licence so we work with many advice organisations to inform the public of the many payment methods available, including small weekly cash payments.”

The spokesperson added: “However, we have a duty to enforce the law on behalf of the 95% of people who pay.

“TV Licence evasion cases take up a small proportion of court time as they are dealt with in bulk in dedicated sessions and very few people attend court.

“When we visit an unlicensed property, a statement is taken from any responsible adult our Enquiry Officer speaks to and it is that person who becomes liable to face prosecution for evading the licence fee.”


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