Washington takeaway fined for lack of TV licence

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A TAKEAWAY owner has been fined for not having a TV licence.

Abdul Rob, 40, was fined £200 for using a TV without a licence at Tandoori Takeaway in Front Street, Washington,

He was also ordered to pay £180 costs and a £20 victim surcharge at the hearing at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Any business which shows television, as it is being broadcast, 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 TV is also in use, this must be covered by a separate licence.

Those without a valid licence are breaking the law and run the risk of a court prosecution and fine of up to £1,000 per offence, plus costs.

Businesses found guilty are also required to buy a TV licence at £145.50, or they could face a potential second prosecution.

More than 2,700 businesses were caught watching TV without a licence across the UK during 2010 and 2011.

Lucy Baird, TV Licensing spokeswoman 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 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.”