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More than 1000 caught watching the box without a licence in Wirral
1:13pm Wednesday 20th February 2013 in News
MORE than 1000 people were caught watching TV without a licence in Wirral last year, according to figures out today.
TV Licencing's statistics show more than 1,000 viewers were found in Birkenhead and more than 640 in Wallasey.
The average evasion rate remains at a low of just over five per cent, meaning almost 95 per cent of homes are correctly licensed.
Lucy Baird, from TV Licensing, 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.
"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.
"Payment options include a weekly cash payment plan, a savings card or a monthly Direct Debit scheme, which can be set up very quickly online or over the phone.
"We also work with a range of money advice organisations – their staff can provide useful information and payment advice to help people budget for a TV Licence.
"If people decide to watch TV without being properly licensed, they risk prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000."