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3,000 hit in TV licence crackdown.

Byline: OWEN HUGHES

MORE than 3,000 people were caught watching TV without a licence last year.

TV Licensing revealed they found 1,100 people without licences in Wrexham, 880 in Flintshire and more than 500 in Denbighshire.

Illegal TV viewers were also found in Conwy (440), Gwynedd (330) and Anglesey (140).

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

Warren Carr, spokesman for Wales, said: "It's not fair on the vast majority of people in Wales who pay their licence fee for some people to watch TV without paying.

"We try to give people every chance to get on the right side of the law, but ultimately if they fail to pay, we will take action.

"We take TV Licence evasion very seriously, and any householder or business caught watching TV without a licence can face a prosecution and a fine of up to pounds 1,000."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Jan 28, 2011
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