A MAN has been fined more than £400 for occupying a reserved rail seat without a valid ticket.

Peter Brown, 42, of Seabourne Road, Bournemouth, was proved to have committed the offence, which occurred on December 3, 2021, via single justice procedure at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.

He was not present at court for sentencing on Tuesday, June 14.

Court papers did not state the location of the offence, but said without the permission of the authorised person, remained in a reserved seat on a train when not the holder of a valid ticket.

Magistrates fined Brown £220 and ordered him to pay compensation of £7.40.

He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £34 and costs of £160.

It means the defendant will pay a total of £421.40 for the offence.