Train fare dodgers are fined

AN IPSWICH man who travelled by train without paying has been ordered to pay eight times the original fair. Ruben Nobrega, 19, of St Matthews Street, travelled from London to Ipswich without paying the £26.

AN IPSWICH man who travelled by train without paying has been ordered to pay eight times the original fair.

Ruben Nobrega, 19, of St Matthews Street, travelled from London to Ipswich without paying the £26.80 fair.

South East Suffolk Magistrates Court heard that he had no ticket and no money when he travelled on the train on January 21.

He did not attend court or enter a plea. Nobrega was fined £70, told to pay the £26.80 fair and £117.50 prosecution costs.

Other fare dodgers were also caught and appeared in front of magistrates in Ipswich on Monday.

A month earlier than Nobrega, Bianca Wright, 19, of Orchid Close, travelled from Shenfield to Ipswich without a ticket or money. She appeared at court and pleaded guilty to failing to pay a rail fair. She told Magistrates she was stranded without money and had hoped to be billed for the ticket. Magistrates told her to pay the £12.40 she owed and £15 towards prosecution costs.

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Also in December last year Jade Wright, 18, of Spencer Road, Ipswich travelled by train without a ticket or money. She pleaded guilty by post and said she was stranded in Colchester and did not have the £4.70 fair home.

Magistrates ordered her to pay the £4.70, a £10 fine and £117.50 prosecution costs.

Pritpal Singh, 21, of Clarkson Street, Ipswich also pleaded guilty to the same offence by post. He said he travelled to Chelmsford each day from Ipswich but had left his wallet at home on February 8 this year and was unable to buy his usual weekly ticket.

Singh said he bought a single fair for £13 but then left the ticket at work. He was ordered to pay £8.50 compensation to the rail company and £15 towards prosecution costs.

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