Fife third-high­est for TV fee dodgers

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - PUZZLES -

JUST two peo­ple in Fife have been found guilty in court of watch­ing TV with­out a li­cence, new sta­tis­tics show, and data re­vealed from Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion says only one other ap­peared in Jus­tice of the Peace courts in the king­dom in 2013/14.

Mean­while, a fur­ther 1,346 peo­ple were dealt with out of court, with Fife hav­ing the third-high­est num­ber of li­cence fee evaders in Scot­land.

The data was col­lated by Caro­line Levesque-Bartlett of Torquay, who has launched a pe­ti­tion in a bid to have the TV li­cence scrapped.

With the BBC char­ter up for re­newal soon, she claims that the levy gives the broad­caster an un­fair ad­van­tage over ri­vals and is a bur­den on those who do not wish to use its ser­vices.

“I started the pe­ti­tion three months ago as I think the whole li­cence fee is of­fen­sive,” she said.

“Ev­ery­body is asked to pay even if they just want to watch Free­view. The Gov­ern­ment is aware of the pe­ti­tion and I’m hop­ing to raise fur­ther aware­ness of it.”

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