Hello everyone, I need a bit of an advice please. Long story short: East Croydon - London Bridge Thameslink service Severe disruption out of West Croydon due to signal failure at New Cross Gate. Ticket acceptance is in place. Crystal Palace plays a game this afternoon. As a result of these trains out of East Croydon station are extremely busy. A member of staff on the platform stated to me; "You can sit in first class but don't let an inspector catch you." I took it as permission of a member of railway staff. As I saw the inspector approaching and I left the first class accommodation. When he approached me I was standing outside the first class area. He issued a penalty fare which I paid on the spot in full. I would like to appeal on the following grounds: - I had permission from a member of railway staff to use the first class accommodation with a standard ticket - When the inspector approached me I wasn't in the first class area Can I please have your thoughts on it? Is there any chance that this penalty fare gets converted to a prosecution as a result of my appeal? I work for a railway company and I rather let the whole thing go but I cannot afford to be prosecuted. Thank you.