A PASSENGER who failed to pay for a train fare to Bath has been hit with a £450 court bill.

Georgina Axton, of Heath Drive, Knutsford, was unable to produce a valid ticket when asked by an inspector from First Great Western on November 4, last year.

The 27-year-old had failed to pay a fare of £17.40 to travel to Bath Spa, North Somerset Magistrates Court heard on May 20.

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After listening to the evidence that she ‘avoided payment with intent’, magistrates found the case proved.

Axton was fined £220 and ordered to pay £180 costs, £17.40 compensation and £34 victim surcharge.

The defendant was given until June 19 to pay the £451.40 court penalty.