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MORE than 1,000 households in Portsmouth were caught watching TV without a valid licence, new figures reveal.

A report from TV Licensing also showed 280 people were caught last year in Waterlooville, 490 in Gosport and 210 in Fareham.

Anyone who watches television illegally faces a possible fine of up to £1,000.

The report shows there were more than 7,000 people caught watching TV illegally across Hampshire and almost 390,000 across the UK.

Pauline Gillingham, TV Licensing spokeswoman, said: ‘TV viewing is as popular as ever, with the percentage of households who have a television set at 96.7 per cent, and it’s our role to make sure everyone is aware of when they need to be covered by a licence.

‘On behalf of licence fee payers in Portsmouth, we are committed to tackling evasion and enforcing the law among the small minority who should pay, but don’t.

‘People are given every opportunity to pay, but, if they fail to do so and watch TV illegally, we will seek a prosecution.’