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Reading Magistrates' Court: Ouch! Thatcham rail cheat's £651 bill

Woman was convicted in her absence

John Garvey

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A RAIL cheat has been landed with a £651 bill in fines and costs – for trying to evade a £7.10 fare.

Charlotte Lennon was convicted and sentenced in her absence by Reading magistrates on Friday, December 18 last year.

The 26-year-old, of The Henrys, Thatcham, was found guilty of travelling on a Great Western Railway (GWR) train at Theale on January 11 last year without paying the £7.10 and with the intention of avoiding that payment.

Ms Lennon was fined £440.

In addition, she was ordered to pay £160 costs, plus a statutory victim services surcharge of £44.

Finally, Ms Lennon was ordered to pay GWR compensation of £7.10.

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  • ToddW

    23/02/2021 - 06:58

    This article is not amusing, it is defamation. The person was a hard working colleague of mine who caught the train 5 days a week and owned a weekly ticket for the date of travel but realised her purse was at home. She was stopped by the guard who let her pass but whilst waiting for her mother (had her pass), changed his mind. Her complaint to GWR was mishandled and her treatment was disgusting.

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  • Marcus

    15/01/2021 - 15:42

    Amusing though this is, First GW turn a blind eye to the Rail hoopers getting on at Newbury Racecourse and then bailing at Reading West. Those of us who take this train can see it's clearly a "Drugs orientated" route. Surely they should prevent the opportunity for it to happen in the first place. Every now and then with the help of the Police we get a load of people given massive fines for taking advantage of no barriers, Most of them are too broke to pay it,

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