Londoner's TV licence excuses

53,300 people across London were caught watching TV without a valid licence last year. Now TV Licensing has released some of the most amusing excuses people have given for not buying one.

TV Licence evaders could get fine of up to £1000

Some of the excuses from Londoners this year are hilarious, but being caught without a valid TV Licence is a criminal offence and no laughing matter. Poorly pets aside, it's breaking the law to watch or record live television without a licence so anybody doing this risks prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.

– Emma Cowlard, TV Licensing spokesperson


Londoners excuses for not buying a TV licence

'I couldnt get to the shop to pay for my TV Licence because the Olympic torch was coming down my street and the road was too busy' - just one of of the many outrageous real-life excuses given to TV Licensing by the 53,000 people in London caught watching TV without a TV Licence over the past year.

Other excuses included, 'I thought I only had to pay on the weeks I was watching the TV', which came from someone living in Mitcham, and a Hounslow resident blamed her husband, who she claimed posted the TV Licence payment card along with the Christmas cards.

Even man's best friend couldn't escape blame - one person claimed they couldn't afford to pay because their dog had just been diagnosed with epilepsy, whilst another stated they couldn't get to the shops because they were looking after a sick puppy.