Hartlepool men face £400-plus bills after dodging rail tickets costing as little as £3.60p

Three rail fare dodgers are each hundreds of pounds out of pocket after they were taken to court for ignoring fixed penalty notices.

By Newsroom
Wednesday, 26th January 2022, 11:08 pm

Teesside magistrates were told that all three were challenged on services along the Hartlepool line and were initially sent letters asking them to pay only their outstanding fares.

When these and subsequent fixed penalty notices were ignored, they were each charged with attempting to avoid payment and taken to court by rail operator Northern.

Chris Smith, 43, of Stockton Road, Hartlepool, has been ordered to pay £408.20p after failing to buy a £4.20p ticket to travel from Stockton to Hartlepool on June 21 of last year.

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This consists of a £220 fine, £4.20p in compensation, a £34 victim surcharge and £150 in prosecution costs.

Gavin Jackson, 33, of Ivy Grove, Hartlepool, has been ordered to pay £407.60p after failing to buy a £3.60p ticket to travel from Seaham to Horden on June 20 of last year.

This consists of a £220 fine, £3.60p in compensation, a £34 victim surcharge and £150 in prosecution costs.

Dean Jackson, 42, from Gloucester Street, Hartlepool, has been ordered to pay £414.30p after failing to buy a £10.30p ticket to travel from Newcastle to Hartlepool on August 18 of last year.

This consists of a £220 fine, £10.30p in compensation, a £34 victim surcharge and £150 in prosecution costs.

The cases against all three passengers were proved in their absence earlier this month and each was given until February 15 to pay their penalties.

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