A PUB manager from South Shields has been ordered to pay a £1,000 fine after being caught without a TV licence.
Edward Proud, manager of The Lookout Inn, in Fort Street, South Shields, was fined £1,000 for using a TV without a licence on the business premises.
He was also ordered to pay £200 costs and a £100 victim surcharge.
Any business which shows television programmes as they’re being shown on TV, whether for customers’ use or in staff areas, must be covered by a valid TV licence.
Matt Thompson, TV Licensing spokesman for the North East, 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 in minutes online at www.tvlicensing.co.uk/businessinfo.”