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North Norfolk pub caught without TV licence fined hundreds

PUBLISHED: 16:37 29 May 2019 | UPDATED: 17:13 03 June 2019

The Duke's Head in Corpusty has been fined £679 for failing to have a TV licence. Photo: Google Streetview

The Duke's Head in Corpusty has been fined £679 for failing to have a TV licence. Photo: Google Streetview

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The ex-owners of a north Norfolk pub have been fined hundreds of pounds after being caught showing TV without a licence.

The former owners of the Duke's Head pub, in Corpusty, have been ordered to pay £679 by a magistrates court after the venue was caught showing TV without having the correct permissions in place.

Anglia Inns Ltd., which used to own the pub near Saxthorpe, were fined £440 for the offence at St Albans Magistrates' Court, on Wednesday, May 22.

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They were also ordered to pay £195 costs and a £44 victim surcharge.

Rachel Roberts, from TV Licensing 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 would rather businesses think ahead and check if they need a licence than risk being prosecuted.

"Businesses who do try to get away with it might find the price of being caught to be higher than just a fine."

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