MORE than 200 people in Eastbourne have been caught watching television without a licence in the first six months of this year.
Figures released this week show that around twice as many people locally have been caught than in nearby Hastings.
In Brighton 280 people were without a licence, while Bexhill registered more than 60.
Victoria Sykes, a spokesman for TV Licensing, said, “These figures paint a very positive picture as the vast majority of people continue to pay their licence fee.
“Unfortunately, a minority of people do not pay for their licence, which is unfair to the law-abiding majority who do pay.
“If people decide to watch TV without being properly licensed, they risk prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000. We do understand some people may find it difficult to pay their licence fee in one go.
“That’s s why we offer numerous ways to spread the cost, including a weekly cash payment plan, a savings card and monthly Direct Debit scheme, which can all 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.”
A colour TV Licence currently costs £145.50.