A WILTSHIRE pensioner has won a three-month battle with TV Licensing to get a new television licence.

Avril Fisher paid £157.50 after receiving a TV licence renewal notice at the end of August.

She sent off her cheque with a torn-off slip on September 6 and the money was taken from her bank account on September 29 - just a day before the renewal date.

But in October, the 71-year-old widow from Ash Drive, North Bradley, received an overdue notice from TV Licensing and told them she had already paid.

The Trowbridge woman said: “On Saturday, November 14, I got what I would call a very threatening letter from TV Licensing.

“It said my property is under investigation and my details had been passed to Bath enforcement division.

“It threatened me with the risk of prosecution and a £1,000 fine. It left me feeling worried and upset.”

TV Licensing said: “We are sorry for the inconvenience and concern caused to Mrs Fisher while trying to set-up her licence. An administrative issue led to a delay and letters being sent in error. “The issue has been rectified and we have been in touch with Mrs Fisher to let her know that a licence is now in place.”

Mrs Fisher said: “I am over the moon because I have been so distressed.”