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Leaping up TV's league of shame.

Byline: Neil Atkinson ,

Huddersfield has moved up the table in a TV Licensing League of Shame.

More people than ever before have been caught and punished for not having licences.

Huddersfield has jumped up in the top 10 of Yorkshire towns and cities where TV Licensing has caught high numbers of licence dodgers.

The even worse news for Huddersfield is that the number of dodgers caught has risen substantially.

TV Licensing's half-year ranking tables for Yorkshire, published today, show the region's League of Shame is again topped by Sheffield.

Huddersfield has risen from 10th place in the same period last year to seventh this year, just ahead of Halifax.

TV Licensing caught 943 evaders in the Huddersfield area between January and June - up from 339 during the first six months of 2004.

Throughout Yorkshire more than 17,000 evaders - who risk a court appearance and a fine of up to pounds 1,000 - were caught.

Phil Reed, a spokesman for TV Licensing's Press office for the North, said: "This is not good news for Huddersfield.

"It is disappointing that those determined to break the law continue to give the town a bad name, especially as the vast majority do pay for their TV licence.

"However, due to the effectiveness of our detection methods, evasion nationwide is now at a record low of an estimated 5%, which shows that fewer people are willing to take the risk.

"Evaders in the Huddersfield area should remember that TV Licensing has a database of over 28m addresses, which means we can see at the touch of a button whether an address is licensed."

Licence evaders risk a criminal conviction and a fine of up to pounds 1,000, plus court costs- and they still have to pay for a TV licence!

A colour TV licence costs pounds 126.50.
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Date:Aug 12, 2005
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