800 caught in Sheffield TV licence swoop

TV Licencing is warning students to ensure they have a licence
TV Licencing is warning students to ensure they have a licence
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Almost 800 people in and around Sheffield have been caught watching TV without a licence over the last 12 months.

Figures released by TV Licensing reveal more than 25,000 adults nationally - including more than 780 in Sheffield and the surrounding S-postcode area - were caught between October 2012 and September this year.

With 80 per cent of first year students under the age of 25, TV Licensing is issuing a reminder to young people that if they are caught watching live TV without a licence they could face prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.

Students living in Sheffield, whether they are in shared accommodation or halls of residence, have to have licences.

If students live in halls of residence and watch live TV in their room, they need their own TV licence.

Students in shared houses will also need their own licence if they use a TV in their own room, and have a separate tenancy agreement.

Shared houses with joint tenancy agreements require only a single licence for the home.

Paul Williams, TV Licensing’s spokesman, said: “With nearly all students owning at least one device capable of showing live TV - such as a laptop, smartphone or tablet computer - they should know the law around being correctly licensed.

“If you’re watching live TV on any device, including mobiles and tablets, you need a TV licence.

“Students and young adults need to be aware of their legal responsibilities. Anyone caught watching TV without a TV licence can face prosecution and a fine of up to a £1,000.

“If students are worried about paying for a TV licence, they should get in touch.” Visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk/students