Printer Friendly

Making a meal of dodgers; MEALTIME TRAP FOR TV EVADERS.


MORE TV licence dodgers are being caught out in Coventry during teatime swoops by enforcement officers.

Latest figures show that 61 per cent of Coventry viewers without a TV licence are being caught while eating in front of the box.

As the average person now spends 25 minutes a day eating and watching television, TV Licensing has launched a new strategy to target evaders during major sporting events and dramatic soap storylines.

During May and June, TV Licensing officers made more than 137,000 visits between the hours of 5pm and 9pm, catching many evaders midway through their evening meal.

Mark Whitehouse, spokesman for TV Licensing Midlands, said: "Our latest success in catching evaders confirms that the family meal has been replaced by the TV dinner."

TV Licensing caught more than 2,046 evaders in Coventry last year, 820 of whom were caught in the evening.

In the past six months 1,450 licence dodgers have been found in the city.

Anyone found without a licence could face a court appearance and a fine of up to pounds 1,000.

Mr Whitehouse said: "As the nights close in, more and more people will be watching TV as they eat.

"With TV Licensing's increasing focus on dinnertime visits, evaders should fear that knock on the door - it may well be our inquiry officers rather than the pizza delivery man."
COPYRIGHT 2003 Coventry Newpapers
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2003 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Aug 29, 2003
Previous Article:A brush with fine art.
Next Article:Musical note for hospices; WIDOWER'S EFFORTS INSPIRED BY LATE WIFE.

Related Articles
TV licence dodgers in court after festive blitz.
The plain white van joins TV licence war; HIGH-PROFILE VEHICLES GIVE WAY TO NEW STEALTH TACTICS.
Unlicensed TV dinners prove prime target for detection.
Bid to catch out TV diners.
Up your Street.
TV dodgers traced by satellite.
Town tops for dodgers; Nuneaton heads TV licence 'league of shame'.
On trail of the cheats.
Leaping up TV's league of shame.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2021 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters