A company caught operating a Sheffield pub without a TV licence has been fined £500.
Sandygate House Ltd, which operates The Castle Inn in Bolsterstone near Stocksbridge, was fined £500 by magistrates and ordered to pay £200 costs and a £50 victim surcharge.
Matt Thompson, TV Licensing spokesman for the North, said: “We appreciate these are tough times for businesses, but to be fair to the majority who do pay the licence fee we have to take action against those who don’t. Those businesses who do try to get away with it might find the price of being caught to be higher than just a fine.
“We’d rather businesses think ahead and check if they need a licence than risk being prosecuted.”
Any business that shows television, whether for customers’ use or in staff areas, must be covered by a valid TV licence.