Greater Anglia takes more than 50 fare-dodge cases to Ipswich court

An Intercity train at Ipswich Station heading to London. Stock Image.

An Intercity train at Ipswich Station heading to London. Stock Image. - Credit: Archant

More than 50 fare-dodgers have been nearly £12,000 and ordered to pay costs totalling £5,000 by magistrates sitting in Ipswich over the last two months.

Their fines were part of a total of nearly £66,000 imposed on people riding Greater Anglia trains with no intention of buying a ticket.

The train company prosecuted a total of 370 people in the last six weeks for fare evasion across the Greater Anglia Network.

The people were taken to court after Greater Anglia Revenue Protection Inspectors discovered them on trains with no ticket and in some cases no money or cards on them to pay for a ticket.

In total, the fare dodgers were fined £65,848 and ordered to pay £31,189 costs.

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A total of 24 cases were heard at the Magistrates’ Court in Ipswich on Tuesday 12 September. Magistrates imposed fines of £7,082 and costs of £2,300.

Another 27 cases went before magistrates at Ipswich on Tuesday 10 October. Fare dodgers were fined £4,866 and ordered to pay costs of £2,700.

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The largest number of offenders were found on the Southend Victoria line. On Wednesday 6 September, there were 50 cases at Southend Magistrates’ Court. Defendants were fined £7.821.50 and ordered to pay £4,050 in costs.

A total of 17 people caught deliberately avoiding paying for tickets on Greater Anglia trains in London were prosecuted at London City Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 21 September. They were ordered to pay fines of £5,080 and to pay £1,700 in costs.

Andrew Goodrum, Greater Anglia Customer Services Director, said: “In the long run it’s cheaper for everyone to pay for a ticket to ride one of our trains. A train ticket is far cheaper than a fine for not having one.

“Out of every £1 that is spent on a rail ticket, 97p goes back into the railway. By not paying for a ticket, we have less money to invest in making the railway better for everyone and it could lead to bigger increases in rail fares for everyone.

“Our Revenue Protection Inspectors act with discretion when they find people travelling without tickets or with the wrong ticket, but if people catch a train with no intention of paying for a ticket, then we will take action.”

Greater Anglia cases are dealt with by magistrates at special sittings of the court when time is set aside for it to hear the cases of fare-dodging that have been discovered over the recent weeks.

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