Data from the MoJ revealed that:
- 4 children aged 10 and 11
- 20 aged 12 to 14-years-old and
- 440 teenagers in the 15-to-17 bracket
were prosecuted for TV licence offences between 2008 and 2016.
Here are 3 screen grabs from the report.
Grand total: 464
Prosecution of children have been possible because all they need is a name, an address and a “confession” signed (it’s a untitled form used by TV licence officers to record the conversation with unlicensed people). It’s therefore quite easy for unscrupulous officers to take advantage of a child willing to talk and sign a paper.
What’s even more shocking is that some of those kids have been found GUILTY!
- one girl aged 10-11 in Kent in 2013
- one boy aged 10-11 in Surrey in 2014
- 3 girl aged 12-14 (one from Kent in 2011, one from Durham in 2012 and one in Merseyside in 2013)
- 2 boys aged 12-14: one from London in 2011, the other in Westmidland, also in 2011.
- and a truckload (162 girls and 92 boys) of 15-17
This information made it to the Daily Mail ttps://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7815475/amp/How-BBCs-relentless-pursuit-licence-fee-billions-led-one-10-magistrate-hearings.html?__twitter_impression=true
When confronted by Daily Mail reporters, a spokesman for the BBC simply denied the whole thing. adding that ‘Our policy is to prosecute people aged 18 or over.
The full quarterly report can be accessed here https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/criminal-justice-system-statistics-quarterly-december-2018