Goldthorpe pub made to pay for illegal TV

Rotherham Magistrates Court, Main Street, Rotherham.
Rotherham Magistrates Court, Main Street, Rotherham.

The company which runs a Goldthorpe pub caught without a TV Licence has been ordered to pay up £1,175 in fees.

Century Bars and Inns Ltd, trading as the Rusty Dudley in Doncaster Road, Goldthorpe, was fined £750 for using a TV without a licence.

The business was also ordered to pay £200 costs, a £75 victim surcharge and a criminal court charge of £150.

The fees were imposed following a hearing at Rotherham Magistrates Court on November 20.

Following the hearing, Matthew Thompson, TV Licensing spokesperson for the North, warned that any business that shows television programmes as they’re being shown on TV must be covered by a valid TV Licence.

Those without a valid licence run the risk of a court prosecution and fine of up to £1,000 per offence, plus costs.

Mr Thompson added: “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.

“As our survey shows, those businesses who do try to get away with it might find the price of being caught to be higher than just a fine.

“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 by visiting www.tvlicensing.co.uk/businessinfo.”