TV licence dodgers revealed

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Around 100 people were caught watching TV without a licence in Bicester last year, authorities have revealed.

More than 600 people in Oxford and about 60 people in Buckingham were also caught. The national average evasion rate is around five per cent.

Victoria Sykes, TV Licensing spokesman, said: “The data released today shows evasion remains at historically low levels of approximately five per cent, with the overwhelming majority of people ensuring there are correctly licensed.

“In order to be fair to the law-abiding majority who do pay for their licence, we’ll continue to pursue the small minority of people do not pay.”

A colour TV licence costs £145.50 and is required by anyone watching or recording programmes on TV, whether they are using a TV set, computer, or other equipment. Visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk for details.