£10 fare dodger receives hefty bill

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A man from Louth has been ordered to pay almost £400 in fines, compensation and court costs after he was found guilty of deliberately avoided paying for a £10.50 train ticket.

Josef Filip, 58, of Harrison Warehouse in Louth, made the journey between Worksop and Lincoln Central, on a train operated by Northern Rail, on November 20 last year.

He had not previously paid for the fare and intended to avoid payment, contrary to the Regulation of Railways Act 1889.

Filip was found guilty of the offence, in his absence, at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on April 15.

He was handed a £200 fine, £150 court costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

He was also ordered to pay an additional £10.50 to Northern Rail, in compensation for the 
train ticket.