Hi guys, It's been a long four hours of research since I got home to find a hefty brown envelope awaiting me with a Magistrate's court summons for fare avoidance of £2.40. I've seen how brutal these forums are, I don't expect you to spare me the rod. What happened in short: I was changing trains after travelling one stop, at the time I'd usually buy my ticket on an app during my journey - it was during this I was collared by a routine check on the platform in Smethwick. I travel into a main station where you must have a ticket - so I wasn't trying to 'get away' by any means. However, I know it doesn't work like that. I'd bought my ticket before my details had even been collected, I purchased a Direct debit pass the same day of the incident (it took a few weeks to arrive). I know none of that stands for anything now, I'd rather do a OOC, but what's the best thing to say/or write? I'd rather not be turned down. I've learnt my lesson the hard way, I'd rather the beating be as light as possible. Does anyone have experience of successfully settling out of court? What did you do? What should you avoid saying? - The staff were extremely aggressive despite me trying to diffuse the situation - I felt like I was being treated like I'd robbed the local corner shop. I ended up filming because they were swearing and called the police to collect me - who told them no. I'm guessing I need to leave that part out in my letter. What they're throwing at me: RoRa s.5(3)(a) Section 84(2) of Transport Act and Section 18 of British Railways Act 1970 and Section 13 of British Railways Act 1977 Thank you in advance! I have two weeks till court - advice welcome.