Tonge Moor bus fraudster ate fake ticket when caught

Tonge Moor bus fraudster ate fake ticket when caught

Tonge Moor bus fraudster ate fake ticket when caught

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A FRAUDSTER caught trying to dupe bus staff ate a fake ticket — in an attempt to destroy the evidence.

Andrew Hawkins, aged 41, and Philip Oliver, aged 24, were caught out after a ticket spot check was carried out on a First Bus.

Oliver was removed from the bus after officers realised he was using a fake ticket in October last year.

But Hawkins, who had made the ticket on a home printer, followed Oliver off the bus and ate it before it could be used as evidence, Bolton Magistrates Court heard.

Marion Nolan, prosecuting, said: “When Oliver was taken off the bus Hawkins grabbed the ticket and ate it hence the obstructing a police officer as he was getting rid of evidence.

“The making of false documentation was discovered when they attended at his home. They found evidence that a ticket had been printed off.”

The court heard yesterday how Hawkins had been out of trouble for nearly 20 years but became involved in the frauds as he thought the buses to work were expensive and he was struggling to afford the fares, said Rebecca Sharp, who defended both men.

Oliver had recently got a new job as a customer services officer and was struggling with money as he had not been paid.


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When he was arrested he would not name Hawkins, also a customer services officer, as the person who gave him the ticket. He had no previous convictions.

Hawkins, of Eldon Street, Tonge Moor, admitted obstructing a police officer, fraud and making an article for use in fraud.

Valerie Whittle, chairman of the bench, sentencing, ordered Hawkins to complete 60 hours of unpaid work within 12 months, pay £70 compensation and a £60 victim surcharge.

Oliver, of Little Holme Walk, Great Lever, who admitted fraud, was fined £75, ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge.

Both defendants were ordered to pay £85 costs.

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4:00pm Fri 31 Jan 14

goldie47 says...

a very expensive snack........hahaha
a very expensive snack........hahaha goldie47
  • Score: 10

4:59pm Fri 31 Jan 14

firksyyyyy says...

Good on them, very innovative. Better off getting at taxi between `em next time it`s cheaper.
Good on them, very innovative. Better off getting at taxi between `em next time it`s cheaper. firksyyyyy
  • Score: -1

9:19pm Fri 31 Jan 14

getajob123 says...

wow

sounds like 2 very intelligent individuals !!!!

lol

how do people end up being such losers in life ???? this is literally pathetic, what a pair of total no hopers............ they will always be thick............. they will always be poor and they will always be a joke to the world

well done lads.............. you are total faliures in everything you do ( including getting the bus )
wow sounds like 2 very intelligent individuals !!!! lol how do people end up being such losers in life ???? this is literally pathetic, what a pair of total no hopers............ they will always be thick............. they will always be poor and they will always be a joke to the world well done lads.............. you are total faliures in everything you do ( including getting the bus ) getajob123
  • Score: 2

11:57pm Fri 31 Jan 14

wsw69 says...

What a pair of dim witted k n 0 b 5
What a pair of dim witted k n 0 b 5 wsw69
  • Score: 0

12:06am Sat 1 Feb 14

Reed Lover says...

Silly fakers
Silly fakers Reed Lover
  • Score: -2

9:23am Sat 1 Feb 14

Chrome1 says...

Buses in greater Manchester are expensive. It's cheaper going from Bolton to Manchester by train return than a two mile bus ride to say Bolton town centre. I never travel by bus. Unlucky lads. We hope the revolution comes quickly.
Buses in greater Manchester are expensive. It's cheaper going from Bolton to Manchester by train return than a two mile bus ride to say Bolton town centre. I never travel by bus. Unlucky lads. We hope the revolution comes quickly. Chrome1
  • Score: 3

1:43pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Lancashire always says...

Last time I got a bus I was waiting for my in drive meal it was so expensive !!
Last time I got a bus I was waiting for my in drive meal it was so expensive !! Lancashire always
  • Score: 0

6:16pm Sat 1 Feb 14

BWFC71 says...

Chrome1 wrote:
Buses in greater Manchester are expensive. It's cheaper going from Bolton to Manchester by train return than a two mile bus ride to say Bolton town centre. I never travel by bus. Unlucky lads. We hope the revolution comes quickly.
Haven't you tried getting a TfGM System One Buscard extra - Any bus, anywhere in Greater Manchester, anytime to 4am. Accepted by all major local bus companies. Your Rail or Tram season ticket must have a minimum value of £13.50 (weekly, or £49(monthly) or £540 (annual). 7 day Buscard Extra is valid for 7 days. Valid on Boxing Day and New Year's Eve - it costs an only £7.80 on top of the rail season ticket (cheaper than any weekly bus ticket and can be used on all bus on all routes in Greater Manchester)
[quote][p][bold]Chrome1[/bold] wrote: Buses in greater Manchester are expensive. It's cheaper going from Bolton to Manchester by train return than a two mile bus ride to say Bolton town centre. I never travel by bus. Unlucky lads. We hope the revolution comes quickly.[/p][/quote]Haven't you tried getting a TfGM System One Buscard extra - Any bus, anywhere in Greater Manchester, anytime to 4am. Accepted by all major local bus companies. Your Rail or Tram season ticket must have a minimum value of £13.50 (weekly, or £49(monthly) or £540 (annual). 7 day Buscard Extra is valid for 7 days. Valid on Boxing Day and New Year's Eve - it costs an only £7.80 on top of the rail season ticket (cheaper than any weekly bus ticket and can be used on all bus on all routes in Greater Manchester) BWFC71
  • Score: 0

10:55am Sun 2 Feb 14

BWFC71 says...

Chrome1 wrote:
Buses in greater Manchester are expensive. It's cheaper going from Bolton to Manchester by train return than a two mile bus ride to say Bolton town centre. I never travel by bus. Unlucky lads. We hope the revolution comes quickly.
Should try getting a train from Adlington or Entwistle (both are first stations in Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen after the TfGM boundary) - far much more expensive than getting a train in Greater Manchester - thanks to the TfGM subsidies!!!
[quote][p][bold]Chrome1[/bold] wrote: Buses in greater Manchester are expensive. It's cheaper going from Bolton to Manchester by train return than a two mile bus ride to say Bolton town centre. I never travel by bus. Unlucky lads. We hope the revolution comes quickly.[/p][/quote]Should try getting a train from Adlington or Entwistle (both are first stations in Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen after the TfGM boundary) - far much more expensive than getting a train in Greater Manchester - thanks to the TfGM subsidies!!! BWFC71
  • Score: 0

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