Probe into alleged train scam

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A WEARSIDE man is being investigated over an alleged train ticket scam.

The 44-year-old, from Washington, was arrested, bailed and remains under investigation in relation to the alleged fraud, said to be worth an estimated £140,000.

Four former East Coast staff have been under investigation by transport police detectives.

Trevor Watt, 51, of Blaydon, Gateshead, is due to appear in court later this year to face a charge of fraud by abuse of a position of trust.

The allegations are thought to surround complementary passes that customer service staff, based at Newcastle’s Baron House, were able to write out. Auditors are said to have found irregularities.

The passes would compensate individuals who had complained about services which were cancelled or heavily delayed.

A 57-year-old woman, from Chester-le-Street, will not face any charges. A 54-year-old, from Hebburn, also remains under investigation.