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Lowestoft on 'league of shame'

PUBLISHED: 01:01 21 July 2008 | UPDATED: 20:55 05 July 2010

LOWESTOFT has made another appearance in the licence-dodgers' league of shame, according to figures released this week by TV Licensing.

The latest figures show that more than 190 people were caught watching TV without a licence in Lowestoft during the first six months of 2008.

LOWESTOFT has made another appearance in the licence-dodgers' league of shame, according to figures released this week by TV Licensing.

The latest figures show that more than 190 people were caught watching TV without a licence in Lowestoft during the first six months of 2008.

This means that Lowestoft holds on to second place in TV Licensing's league of shame for Suffolk, below Ipswich but above Bury St. Edmunds.

Anyone caught watching television without a licence risks prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.

TV Licensing's database of more than 29 million addresses allows to it see which properties are unlicensed at the touch of a button.

Enquiry officers also have access to sophisticated detection equipment, including high-tech handheld detectors, which were launched a year ago this month.

Nationally, TV Licensing has caught more than 209,000 evaders since the start of 2008.

The League of Shame for Suffolk is as follows:

1 Ipswich 551, 2 Lowestoft 194, 3 Bury St Edmunds 173, 4 Sudbury 124, 5 Newmarket 90, 6 Haverhill 81, Felixstowe 75, 8 Brandon 71.

Joanna Pearce, TV Licensing spokesperson, said: “No town wants to appear in TV Licensing's league of shame. Buying a television licence is simple and can be done in minutes online, so there's no excuse for licence-dodgers in Lowestoft letting the side down.

“TV Licensing's powerful database shows precisely which properties are unlicensed, meaning enquiry officers can target addresses where they suspect people are watching television illegally.

“But we would much rather people buy a licence rather than risk prosecution and a fine, which is why we offer a convenient range of ways to pay.”

For more information about how to spread the cost of a licence, go to www.tvlicensing.co.uk/info.

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