This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Evidence from TV Detection Equipment'.




 
 
Peter Jones 
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01/04/2011 
 
Dear Mr Jones 
 
In your request for information, reference RFI20101715, you asked: 
 
“Whether or not evidence obtained by detector van/portable detection equipment has ever been presented 
in court during the prosecution of an alleged licence fee evader.” 

 
Following the Internal review of your request IR2011006 I am happy to supply you with the following 
answer. 
 
I can confirm that TVL has not, to date, used detection evidence in Court.  You may be interested to 
understand why this is the situation. Under TVL’s current prosecution process the presentation of 
detection evidence in court is unnecessary.  This is because TVL uses detection evidence when applying for 
search warrants.  If, following service of the warrant an individual is found to be evading payment of the TV 
Licence, then the evidence obtained via the search warrant is used in court, not the detection evidence.  It 
is worth noting that search warrants are only issued at the discretion of a magistrate (or sheriff in Scotland) 
in accordance with strict legal requirements.  Detection evidence would be carefully considered by the 
magistrate (or sheriff in Scotland) during the warrant application process.  
 
It does, of course, remain open to TVL to use detection evidence in court whenever it wishes in the future. 
 
Your appeal rights 
This enquiry has been dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act, as indicated above. If 
you are not satisfied with this outcome of the internal review, you may appeal to the Information 
Commissioner, whose contact details are as follows:  Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, 
Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF; telephone: 01625 545700; www.ico.gov.uk. 
 
Yours sincerely, 
 
Dan McGregor 
Senior Policy Adviser, TV Licensing Management Team