Fare dodgers in Southend Magistrates' Court

Friday, 3 March 2017

Over 120 people caught trying to travel on trains without buying a ticket have been ordered to pay fines totalling £15,252 after they were prosecuted in court.

Greater Anglia brought prosecutions against 141 people at Southend Magistrates’ Court on Monday 27 February, who had been stopped by the train company’s Revenue Protection Inspectors.

A total of 128 of the cases were proved, 11 were withdrawn and two were adjourned.

Magistrates ordered fines totalling £15,252 to be paid, plus compensation of £1,279.30 and costs of £12,550 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.”