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MORE than 480 people in Portsmouth were caught watching television without a licence, new figures show.

TV Licensing revealed the statistics for how many people were caught out during the first six months of this year.

In Waterlooville more than 120 people were caught and more than 250 in Gosport.

They were among more than 204,000 people caught across the UK during the first half of this year.

The average evasion rate remains at a low of just over five per cent, meaning that almost 95 per cent of properties are correctly licensed.

Victoria Sykes, a spokeswoman for TV licensing, said: ‘Today’s figures paint a very positive picture as the vast majority of people in the UK continue to pay their licence fee.

‘Unfortunately, a minority of people do not pay for their licence, which is unfair to the law-abiding majority who do pay.

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