A Thetford hair salon owner caught without a TV Licence has been ordered to pay £530 by magistrates.
Miss Maria Pereira, owner of Elena’s Hair Salon, on Earls’ Street, Thetford, was fined £300 for the offence of using a TV without a licence on the business premises.
She was also ordered to pay £200 costs and a £30 victim surcharge at the hearing in her absence yesterday, Thursday June 2, at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court.
Any business that 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.
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.
Businesses found guilty are also required to buy a TV Licence at £145.50, or they could face a potential second prosecution.
Mark Whitehouse, TV Licensing spokesperson for East Anglia, 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.
“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.”
TV Licensing is also reminding other businesses to make sure they are aware of their licensing requirements, to avoid the risk of prosecution and a large fine. Last year, TV Licensing enquiry officers visited more than 30,000 businesses across the UK, ranging from takeaway restaurants and holiday parks to garages, hair salons and sports clubs, to confirm if they were correctly licensed.