Licence warning for footie fans
FOOTBALL fans in Ipswich are today being warned to make sure they have a TV licence if they plan to watch any World Cup games on the box this summer.Licensing chiefs say enquiry officers will be out and about in the area throughout the whole of next month's tournament.
FOOTBALL fans in Ipswich are today being warned to make sure they have a TV licence if they plan to watch any World Cup games on the box this summer.
Licensing chiefs say enquiry officers will be out and about in the area throughout the whole of next month's tournament.
Anyone caught out faces a fine of up to £1,000 fine.
During Euro 2004 a total of 80 people were caught “offside” in Ipswich.
Jessica Ray, TV licensing spokeswoman, said: “Don't risk getting a knock on your door just as that vital goal is about to be scored.
“Anyone intending to watch the matches without a licence should think again.
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“Our Enquiry Officers will be out on the streets during all the England games.”
Ms Ray said that the officers work at all times of the day so whatever time the games kick-off, people should make sure they are properly licensed.
She added: “There's really no excuse for breaking the law - especially when the alternative could be as simple as spending a few minutes paying for your licence online before kick-off.”
Anyone caught watching TV without a licence risks prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000, plus court costs and still have to pay for a TV licence if they need one.
A colour TV licence currently costs £131.50.