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Man Arrested For Helping Old Woman With Train Fare

by | 12th, October 2008

TO the brave new world of Virgin trains:

Stand -up Tom Wrigglesworth was threatened with arrest after coming to the aid of an elderly train passenger who had been reduced to tears by Virgin Train staff.
The comic stepped in after he saw 75-year-old Lena Ainscow sobbing after she was forced to pay £115 for getting on the wrong train.

He organised a whip-round among fellow passengers to cover the fare, but the officious train manager said his actions amounted to begging – and called police. He ordered 32-year-old Wrigglesworth to hand back the cash or face being arrested.

The incident occurred yesterday as Mrs Ainscow was travelling from her home in Bolton, Greater Manchester, to see family in Bromley, Kent, including her son-in-law, who had just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq with the Royal Artillery.

She had paid £11.50 to travel on the 10.45am Manchester to Euston service. But her travel itinerary, issued by Virgin, said she had been booked on the 10.15am train. When she queried the discrepancy with Virgin staff in Manchester, they told her to board the earlier service.

However, that held no sway with the train manager who forced her to pay for a new ticket for being on the wrong service.

Wrigglesworth told Chortle: ‘I was trying to sleep when I heard the train manager insisting this old dear pay the fare, so I tried to intervene, because it was obviously just a mistake.

‘She said, “It’s all right, love” and produced loads of notes from her handbag to pay the fare. But it was only pride that she said that, and I saw she was crying. It turned out she was carrying all that cash because she’d saved up her pension money to buy her grandkids presents.’

‘I thought I had to do something, so I got a paper bag from the buffet car and started a collection.

‘I wasn’t

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