THE recent rise in the price of television licences makes me wonder if the BBC would do better to spend money on programmes rather than writing threatening letters to people.

When I moved into my new house there were no fewer than six letters behind the door demanding to know if I was watching TV without a licence, to say nothing of all the ones the sales lady had thrown away.

Worried that I might get into trouble, I phoned through with my new details straight away - only to receive more letters with dire threats and warnings that officers would be coming round to check on me.

But what really worries me is the houses with lower numbers than mine that haven't even been built yet. Is the licensing agency sending letters to them, too?

ELIZABETH ASHWORTH, Meadowfield, Blackburn.

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