Thousands prosecuted for not paying their TV licence

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More than 11,000 people in West Yorkshire were prosecuted for not paying their television licence last year.

Latest figures place the county fourth in England for the number of prosecutions after 11,433 people were taken to court for non-payment.

Figures obtained by campaigners against the BBC licence fee show London had the most prosecutions, some 23,396, followed by Warwickshire, Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire.

More than twice as many women were prosecuted than men in West Yorkshire. There were 8,001 prosecutions of women for non-payment, compared to 3,394 men brought before the courts.

Nationally, there were 173,065 prosecutions in 2014.