Lancashire's weirdest excuses for not paying TV licence fee

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TV licensing bosses have revealed the wacky excuses Lancashire residents have come up with for not having a licence.

One man claimed he had dropped his credit card inside a plaster cast and couldn’t retrieve it to pay.

Another woman said she didn’t need one as her children used “their Kinder eggs”, not the TV set, to watch programmes.

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One said she was too busy with bingo to sort a licence, while another stated: “I am a vicar, part of the clergy. Why do I have to pay?”

Matthew Thompson, TV Licensing spokesman in the North, said: “We’re impressed with the creativity some people show when coming up with an excuse but it’s important to remember that watching or recording live TV without a licence is against the law.

“Even though we’re effective at catching evaders, we’d always prefer people pay than risk a maximum £1,000 fine.

“For those who may find it difficult to pay in one go, we offer a range of payment options at”

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