TV Licensing reminds students and young people that they need a TV Licence to watch live television on any device.

A total of 28 young people have been caught watching TV without a television licence in the last year.

New figures released by TV Licensing show the breakdown includes 10 people under the age of 25 in Barnstaple and 10 in Bideford.

Anyone caught watching television without a TV Licence could face prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.

Richard Chapman, spokesman for TV Licensing in the South West, said: “We want to make sure students and young people know one is needed by law to watch or record live TV, on any device including a laptop, tablet, mobile phone or games console.

“A TV Licence costs on average £12.13 a month which goes towards services like Radio 1’s Big Weekend, BBC iPlayer, Newsbeat and BBC One Match of the Day.

“To avoid the risk of prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000, we encourage students to check if they need a licence on our website – – or by calling 0300 790 6113.”

In a survey carried out by TV Licensing, 67 per cent of students thought the TV Licence was value for money.