More than 3,200 people were caught watching TV without a licence in Bradford during 2012, it has been revealed.

The figures released yesterday also show there were 550 licence evaders in Keighley, 230 in Shipley, 110 in Pudsey, 60 in Bingley and ten in Ilkley.

TV Licensing revealed the average evasion rate is at a low of slightly more than five per cent, meaning almost 95 per cent of homes are correctly licensed.

Lucy Baird, of TV Licensing, said: “The data shows evasion remains at historically low levels, with the overwhelming majority of people ensuring there are correctly licensed.

“In order to be fair to the law-abiding majority who do pay for their licence, we’ll continue to pursue the small minority of people who do not pay. We do understand some people may find it difficult to pay in one go, which is why we offer numerous ways to spread the cost.”

A colour TV Licence costs £145.50 and is required by anyone watching or recording TV programmes as they are shown, whether they are using a TV set or computer.

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