HUNDREDS of TV Licence cheats have been caught in Thurrock in the first six months of the year.
The householders were found to be watching TV without a valid licence, a crime which carries prosecution and a maximum £1,000 fine.
232 people were caught in Grays, 93 in South Ockendon, 74 in Purfleet and 58 in Tilbury.
TV Licensing spokesman Mark Whitehouse said: “The vast majority of people in Thurrock pay their licence fee, and to be fair to those who pay, we have to be firm with those who attempt to get away without paying.”
A colour TV licence costs £145.50 per year, and there are numerous payment methods available.