TV licence and vehicles that can produce evidence of illegally watching live TV.

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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

Has "Tv licence"vehicle detector evidence been produced in a court of law in the uk to secure a prosecution?

Yours faithfully,
Mathew Haines

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No. It never has, as first revealed on the TV Licensing Blog back in April 2011:

They use detection as a method of obtaining search warrants. It is evidence uncovered during the search that is then used in any prosecution. The BBC will never use detection as the basis of a prosecution, because doing so would render that evidence (or rather lack thereof) of being open to closer scrutiny. The BBC knows that if that happened the illusion of effective detection would be shattered for ever.

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Haines,

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your request was received on 21 July 2019. We will deal with your request as promptly as possible, and at the latest within 20 working days.

If you have any queries about your request, please contact us at the below address.

The reference number for your request is RFI20191223.

Yours sincerely

Information Rights, BBC Legal
BC2A4 | Broadcast Centre | 201 Wood Lane | London | W12 7TP

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Dear Matthew Haines


Please find attached the response to your request for information,
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Kind regards


Information Rights


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