A MAN from Bridgwater has been ordered to pay £452.85 after travelling on a Great Western Railway train service without paying his fare.

Bristol Magistrates’ Court heard that James Hall, of Sydenham Road, travelled on a Great Western Railway train at Bristol Temple Meads without paying - or intending to pay - his £18.65 fare. 

He committed the offence on Friday, March 19. 

A person can be found guilty of train fare evasion if they are found to have travelled on a train without a ticket, or if they refuse to pay for a train ticket on a journey they are taking.

It is also an offence to pay for a shorter journey than is being taken.

Hall, 19, was proven guilty in his absence on Monday, November 15.

He was fined £220 and told to pay compensation of £18.85 – the same amount as the fare he did not pay.

He was also ordered to pay a surcharge of £34 to fund victim services and costs of £180.