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TV licence dodgers in court after festive blitz.

tried doing t he same to theirMORE than 300 TV licence dodgers found themselves in court in North Wales this month, it emerged yesterday.

In a pre-Christmas blitz, TV licensing bosses prosecuted 202 dodgers in Wrexham dur-ing December. A further 49 were caught and prosecuted in Llandudno,followed by 40 in Caernarfonand 30 in Denbigh. They were among a record 448,000 licence evaders caught across the UK last year. Dodgers face fines of up to pounds 1,000. TV licensing s pokesman foil, your detector vansRhys Evans said the festivi-ties brought out some imagi-native excuses from evaders. He said: ``Among t he worst was: `I'm not watching TV; they're the Christmas tree lights you can see'.'' And as well as wrapping t he turkey in foil, some peopleTV, claiming: ``I thought if Iwrapped my TV in kitchenwouldn't be able to pick it up.''best time to do that isto catching evaders and theinquiry officers are dedicatedobviously when w e know that they are watching their televisions. ``Some of them may have been expecting a visit from Santa but everyone w ho tries to avoid paying their TV licence fee s hould be expecting a visit from us.''Mr Evans added: ``Our
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Date:Dec 31, 2002
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