More than 900 young people in Essex were caught watching live TV or BBC iPlayer without a TV Licence in the past year.

Figures released on Monday by TV Licensing revealed more than 33,000 people aged between 18 and 25 in the UK were caught in the same 12 month period, and 938 of those were in Essex.

Braintree had a much lower figure than other towns in the county, with just 36 people caught.

Colchester was the highest in county with 133 caught, followed by 100 in Clacton and 80 in Romford.

Ben Craig, spokesman for TV Licensing London and South East, said: “With many students owning at least one device capable of showing live TV or watching BBC iPlayer - such as a laptop, smartphone or tablet computer – it’s important they know the law around being correctly licensed.

"If you’re watching live TV on any device, including mobiles and tablets, or watch catch up programmes on BBC iPlayer, you need a TV Licence.

“Students and young adults need to be aware of their legal responsibilities.

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

Those found breaking the law face prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000 if they are caught watching live TV, or BBC programmes on iPlayer, on any device, without a TV Licence.

If students live in halls of residence and watch live TV or BBC iPlayer programmes in their room, they will need their own TV Licence.

For more information visit or call 0300 790 6113.