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MORE than 1,000 people in Portsmouth were caught watching television without a licence.

TV Licensing has revealed it caught 240 people in Waterlooville, 540 in Gosport and more than 1,000 in the city watching TV without a licence.

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

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

‘We do understand some people may find it difficult to pay in one go, which is why we offer numerous ways to spread the cost.

‘If people decide to watch TV without being properly licensed, they risk prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.’

A colour TV licence costs £145.50 and is required by anyone watching or recording TV programmes as they are shown on TV, whether they are using a TV set, computer, or any other equipment.

For more information visit tvlicensing.co.uk.