Fareham taxi fare-dodger fined

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MAGISTRATES have fined a man for fleeing a taxi without paying.

Paul Lavelle, 36, admitted making off without paying the £20 he owed in Fareham on June 5. Lavelle, of Hartswood Close, Bushey, Hertfordshire, was fined £160 and told to pay £20 compensation, £15 to crime victims and £85 costs by Fareham magistrates.