The owner of a Hayes barber shop caught using a television without a licence has been ordered to pay £530.
Angus Bain was fined £300 at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court on Tuesday (February 17), after a TV Licensing officer visited Angus Barbers, in Uxbridge Road, on July 10 last year.
Bain was also ordered to pay £200 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
Martin Dyan, TV Licensing spokesman for London and the South East, said: “We appreciate these are tough times for businesses, but to be fair to the majority who do pay the licence fee, we have to take action against those who watch TV illegally."
Any business that shows television programmes live, whether for customers or in staff areas, must have a valid television licence, costing £145.
Any television being used in living accommodation on the premises must also be covered by a separate licence.
Those found without valid licences risk being fined up to £1,000 per offence, plus costs.
In 2013, TV Licensing officers visited more than 33,000 businesses across the UK, ranging from takeaway restaurants and holiday parks to garages, hair salons and sports clubs.