Pub landlady caught with no TV licence ordered to pay over £700

Barrass was due to appear in court in Sunderland.
Barrass was due to appear in court in Sunderland.

A pub landlady who was caught without a TV licence has been ordered to pay £725 by magistrates,

Mrs Julie Eyre, landlady of the Beagle, Knutton Crescent, Southey Green, was fined £550 for using a TV without a licence on the business premises.

She was also ordered to pay £120 costs and a £55 victim surcharge at a magistrate’s review of the case on 20 June at Teesside Magistrates’ Court.

Matt Thompson, TV Licensing spokesperson 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.

“We’d rather businesses check if they need a licence than risk being prosecuted. A licence costs £145.50 and can be bought in minutes online at www.tvlicensing.co.uk.”

Any business showing television programmes as they’re broadcast on TV, irrespective of the channel watched or the device used must be covered by a valid TV licence - whether the television is for customers’ use or in staff areas

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 risk court prosecution and a 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.

A TV licence is not needed for business premises if the equipment is never used to receive or record television programme services, and is only used for CCTV or to watch pre-recorded videos.