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Train inspector took my details, he said company will write back, what happens next?

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I went onto a train without a ticket which was a journey from where I live. 

As I got off there were some official people, a police officer.

The official guy who was checking tickets asasked me for my reason which I said I forgot.

I said I take the journeys a few times a week.

He took my name, address, etc, signature.

Haid next time you can buy tickets at discounted prices. Flexi time.

I did buy a ticket after and I do buy train tickets as I got proof of it 

He goes the company will write back to me for an explanation.

If my explanation isn't good enough, what will happen? Give me a fine? Will I get a warning that goes on the crb register?
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  • mr_stripey
    mr_stripey Posts: 714 Forumite
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    I overheard a ticket inspector talking to a passenger who didn't have a ticket just the other day.

    She had a bodycam and took his details, told him that the conversation was being recorded and she told him that if he was caught again without a ticket then he would be prosecuted.


  • DE_612183
    DE_612183 Posts: 2,190 Forumite
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    They may offer you a settlement - which is normally the full fare ( undiscounted single fare ).

    They may decide to prosecute.

    Normally they will send a letter in a few weeks, although they have quite a time to do this.

    Which rail company was this?
  • TadleyBaggie
    TadleyBaggie Posts: 6,142 Forumite
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    Try posting in the "Disputes and Prosecutions" forum at https://www.railforums.co.uk/. Lots of very knowledgable people there in this area.
  • Greg89
    Greg89 Posts: 351 Forumite
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    This is my first time getting in trouble.

    Would they prosecute after I give them a reply from the company?

    The inspector was nice to me and did not record, took details 
  • DE_612183
    DE_612183 Posts: 2,190 Forumite
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    Depends on the Train Operator - some are harsher than others, also it depends on how much you have defrauded them.


  • Greg89
    Greg89 Posts: 351 Forumite
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    The inspector only took down today.

    I did pay for other days.

    What do they usually mean for explanation.
  • DE_612183
    DE_612183 Posts: 2,190 Forumite
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    Greg89 said:
    The inspector only took down today.

    I did pay for other days.

    What do they usually mean for explanation.
    They will want you to own up for other transgressions...
  • Greg89
    Greg89 Posts: 351 Forumite
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    I'm sure the train company is cross country trains or Avanti west coast. 

    He only took down the reason for today's missing ticket.

    I did show the inspector tickets purchased before.

    He said next time, you can buy Flexi tickets.

    After writing back an explanation to the company.

    What would likely be the result in these usual cases? First time ever ive had this done to me.
  • Greg89
    Greg89 Posts: 351 Forumite
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    I can show tickets paid before and subsequently after this occurrence. I can definitely show tickets before.

    It would be unfair to show tickets purchased before, their are ticket checks on the train service everyday. Surely they would know I'd have a record by now if I did indeed not buy tickets? Surely they would know I'd be checked previously, surely by now I'd be prosecuted.

    Only time this has ever happened. Only time ever in my life.

    It would be unfair to show tickets from previous journeys. How would they know what days and weeks I travel?

    It's either cross country trains, northern western or Avanti west coast.

    The inspector only took down today's reason, he seemed reasonable as I was looking to pay and said next time, buy Flexi time or flexi days.

    He did say how many times I make this journey. I said a few times.

    The inspector said I will receive a letter asking for an explanation. 

    I can prove previous tickets purchased, although some I have binned.

    What happens after the explanation, what would the result likely be? Based on my experience today, however he took down only today's reason.
  • Hoenir
    Hoenir Posts: 2,997 Forumite
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    Greg89 said:


    The official guy who was checking tickets asasked me for my reason which I said I forgot.


    Don't be surprised if you get fined. Ticket evasion costs the railways a lot of money. 
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