Compo order for taxi fare dodger

A Chesterfield man who dodged taxi fares three times in a fortnight was arrested when he attended hospital.

Lewis Straker ordered cabs from various locations and asked to be taken to his then-home in Brimington.

“Each time he said he needed to go inside his home to get the money and he failed to come back,” Jenny Fitzgerald, prosecuting, told town magistrates.

The 25-year-old was arrested on Sunday when he went to attend Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

Straker, now of no fixed address, admitted three charges of making off without payment between the dates of July 30 and August 12.

He received a one-year probation order and must pay a total of £49 compensation. “He has become homeless and he’s not very well at the moment,” said John Wilford, for Straker.