TV licence dodgers tempted to watch the Euro 2004 football will be tracked down, it is warned.

Between January and April, 216 people were caught without a licence in Huddersfield alone.

Now TV Licensing officers are warning people that the crackdown will not stop during Euro 2004.

Deborah Copeland, spokeswoman for TV Licensing, said: "Anyone intending to watch the matches without a licence should think again. Our detection operation will be in full force.

"Our enquiry officers work at all hours of the day - so whatever the kick-off time, people should ensure they have a valid licence or they face a knock on the door and prosecution."

TV Licensing officers use a database of 28m addresses to find out which properties do not have TV licences.

Detection vans or officers are sent to addresses without a licence to see if TV is being watched illegally.

Anyone caught for the first time watching TV without a licence will be offered the chance to buy one.

But persistent offenders face prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.

* A colour TV licence costs £121.

For information about ways to pay, contact 0870 241 5590 or visit www.