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Pub owner fined for no TV Licence

Worcester Editorial 12th May, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A PUB owner has been fined hundred of pounds after he was caught without a television licence.

Mark Wild, who runs The Coppertops in Oldbury Road, Dines Green, was slapped with a £600 fine for using a television without a licence on the business premises and also ordered to pay £200 costs and a £60 victim surcharge at Redditch Magistrates’ Court last Thursday (May 8).

The ruling states that any business which shows television programmes as they are being shown live, whether for customers’ use or in staff areas must be covered by a valid TV Licence.

If there is living accommodation on the premises where a television is also in use, this must be covered by a separate licence.

Mark Whitehouse TV Licensing spokesperson for the Midlands, 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 watch TV illegally.

“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.”

A licence costs £145.50 and can be bought online at www.tvlicensing.co.uk/business.

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