November 4, 2015

Physical Assaults Double on TV Licence Officers

Attacks on TV Licensing enquiry officers have more than doubled in the last year, according to figures from TV Licensing. In the last financial year, 89 enquiry officers were victims of physical assaults, and increase from 37 in the previous year.

The official assault figures from TV Licensing for the past five years are:

  • 2010-11 - 111 verbal and 51 physical
  • 2011-12 - 117 verbal and 50 physical
  • 2012-13 - 142 verbal and 37 physical
  • 2013-14 - 196 verbal and 37 physical
  • 2014-15 - 271 verbal and 89 physical

In a recent assault in Dundee an officer was threatened with a hammer and in the past a number of incidents have resulted in officers having to go to hospital.

TV Licensing has highlighted the incidents as part of Anti-Bullying Month, and has launched a campaign to tackle the increasing problem.

Police Scotland, the Scottish Beer and Pub Association and the Scottish Taxi Federation have backed the campaign, as have the Licensed Taxi Federation, Liverpool City Council and Kent Police Force.