Taxi jumper flees without paying

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court

A man walked away from two taxi journeys without paying the fares.

Peter Bandy, 38, of The Esplanade, Knott End, pleaded guilty to two 
offences of failing to 
pay his fare when he appeared before Blackpool Magistrates Court.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said Bandy took the first journey on April 10 running up a fare of £27 from Blackpool to Knott End.

The cab driver saw him going into his address and complained to police he had not paid.

Despite an officer hammering on his door Bandy did not come out.

On July 3 he again took a taxi from Blackpool to his home.

He then walked off down an alley.

The cabbie waited for a time with the fare totting up to £40, but Bandy never re-appeared.

He was given a conditional caution by police to pay both fares within a certain time limit, but he did not pay up.

Suzanne Mugford, 
defending, said at the time Bandy’s benefits had been suspended and he had no money to pay.

The defendant was 
ordered to pay £67 
compensation and £50 costs.