THE PUBLIC and local businesses have been urged to ensure they have a valid TV licence after a Skegness fish and chip shop was caught flouting the law.
The Atlantic Fish Bar and Diner in Beresford Avenue was ordered to pay over £550 in fines and costs at Skegness Magistrate’s Court last month.
Mark Whitehouse, TV Licensing spokesperson for this area, 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/business.”
Any business that shows live television, 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.
The Atlantic Fish Bar and Diner was fined a total of £400 for failing to have a licence, plus a further £150 costs and a £15 victim surcharge. Businesses are urged to ensure they have a licence.