Traffic policeman pleads guilty to dodging train fares seven times

Benjamin Cassar was ineligible for free transport after a previous scheme was cancelled

Benjamin Cassar was ineligible for free transport after a previous scheme was cancelled

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A police officer has pleaded guilty to seven counts of fare evasion - despite his job being to monitor the capital's transport system.

PC Benjamin Cassar, 24, part of the Met's Roads and Transport Policing Command based at Bromley, admitted the offences on Tuesday September 26 at Westminster Magistrates' Court. 

He was fined a total of £1,800 and ordered to pay costs of £85, a victim surcharge of £120 and £101.60 compensation to the rail company.

The court heard between Wednesday April 5 and Thursday April 20, PC Cassar made seven train journeys between Maidstone East and Bromley South without paying for his fare.

He was not eligible for free transport having joined the Met after the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) scheme was withdrawn for new officers.

The offences came to light following information received about PC Cassar's activities and an investigation was launched by the Met's Directorate of Professional Standards. The officer was found to have avoided paying for his ticket once and enquiries revealed a further six instances of fare evasion. 

PC Cassar was served with a postal charge requisition notice on Wednesday August 28, appearing in court today. 

Now criminal matters have concluded misconduct matters will be considered.