Hefty bill for Tameside train fare dodgers

FIVE people from Tameside have been ordered to pay a total of more than £2,300 after ignoring warnings to pay penalties for getting on trains without a ticket.

Nathan Lewis would have paid just £3 to travel between Romiley and Marple on Tuesday, May 23.

However, the 33-years-old, of Wordsworth Road in Denton, did not get one before travelling and even though he got one on arrival, he was issued with a Penalty Fare Notice for £100 plus the single fare, which would have been reduced to £50 plus the single fare if paid within 21 days.

According to court documents: “As no payment or appeal was received a reminder letter was sent.

“As no payment was received a further reminder letter was sent. They have failed to communicate or make payment and as a result of which the fare remains unpaid.”

And at Manchester Magistrates Court on Friday, November 24, he was fined £220 and ordered to pay the £3 as compensation, a surcharge of £88 and costs of £150, bringing the total to £461.

On the same day, Chariss Morval, of Cook Terrace, Dukinfield, was told to pay a total of £471.70 after being caught travelling from Levenshulme to Manchester Piccadilly without a ticket on Thursday, June 8, then ignoring the penalty fare and reminders – the fare costs £3.70.

Fiona Oughton, of Clough End Road, Hyde, must pay a total of £462.20 after travelling from Burnage to Manchester Piccadilly on Saturday, May 27 while Heleri Bali, of Melbourne Street in Stalybridge, has a bill of £462.90 after travelling from the town to Manchester Victoria on Tuesday, May 16.

Nathan Leigh, of Armadale Road in Dukinfield, was caught at Manchester Piccadilly after travelling from Guide Bridge station without paying the £4.90 fare on Tuesday, May 30.

The 26-year-old was also ordered to pay a total of £462.90.

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