An east Suffolk man has been told by magistrates to pay out more than £800 after he was caught travelling on the railway without a valid ticket.

Michael McDonnell, of Mayflower Avenue in Saxmundham, appeared before Suffolk Magistrates' Court in January.

The 25-year-old was charged with travelling on the railway without paying a fare.

This was in relation to a journey from Saxmundham to Wymondham in Norfolk on May 14 last year, according to a court listing.

The case was proved in the absence of the defendant.

McDonnell was ordered to pay Greater Anglia, the railway operator in the region, a sum of £14 in compensation.

He was also handed a fine of £440, costs of £175 and a victim surcharge of £176.

This means the total amount McDonnell was ordered to pay out was £805.

Travelling without a valid ticket on the railways in the UK is a criminal offence.

Greater Anglia has previously said it is "committed to reducing the level of revenue loss due to fare evasion".