Fare dodgers in Ipswich Magistrates' Court

Friday, 3 March 2017

Just over 20 ticket dodgers caught trying to travel on trains without buying a ticket have been ordered to pay fines totalling nearly £5,000.

Greater Anglia successfully brought prosecutions against 22 people at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 28 February, who had been stopped by the train company’s Revenue Protection Inspectors on services between Ipswich, Manningtree, Harwich, Colchester, Clacton and London Liverpool Street.

Magistrates ordered fines totalling £4,578 to be paid, plus compensation of £414.20 and costs of £2,070 to be paid to Greater Anglia.

Andrew Goodrum, Greater Anglia Customer Services Director, said: “By not buying a ticket, you’re not only putting yourself at risk of a much more expensive fine, but it leads to ticket prices going up for everyone else. We lose revenue that we would otherwise invest on improving our railway.

“Our Revenue Protection Inspectors act with discretion to find people who are deliberately trying to evade paying a fare, as this prosecution demonstrates.”