MORE than 400 people were caught watching TV without a valid licence in Worthing in 2011.
There were more than 2,500 people caught watching TV illegally across West Sussex, 2,800 in East Sussex, and almost 390,000 across the UK.
However, TV Licensing said the estimated evasion rate remains steady at around five per cent, as it has done for the last five years.
This means the vast majority of people, or 19 out of 20 households and businesses, are correctly licensed in accordance with the legal requirements.
Pauline Gillingham, TV Licensing spokesperson for the south east, said: “TV viewing is as popular as ever, with the percentage of households who have a television set at 96.7 per cent, and it’s our role to make sure everyone is aware of when they need to be covered by a licence.
“On behalf of licence fee payers in Worthing, we are committed to tackling evasion and enforcing the law among the small minority who should pay, but don’t. It’s only fair.”
People can pay for a TV licence by direct debit and a weekly or monthly cash payment plan.
For more information, visit the TV Licensing website www.tvlicensing.co.uk