Trams ticket ma­chine alert

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AMETROLINK pas­sen­ger is warn­ing fel­low com­muters to be vig­i­lant after dis­cov­er­ing ticket ma­chines were taped up to steal change.

San­dra Good­win, from Tim­per­ley, and friend Janette Rum­ney, were buy­ing a ticket at St Peter’s Square sta­tion re­cently.

Janette, who lives in Dar­ling­ton, was vis­it­ing Manch­ester for the first time and needed a ticket to travel to Nav­i­ga­tion Road.

She paid for a sin­gle fare cost­ing £4.30 with a £20 note, but was left frus­trated when the ma­chine did not give back any change.

The friends im­me­di­ately called Metrolink for a re­fund and were told to check the change slot of the ticket ma­chine.

San­dra was shocked to dis­cover a piece of black gaffer tape seal­ing the ma­chine, en­abling the cul­prit to pocket pas­sen­gers’ change.

Janette was able to re­trieve £7.90 of the change she was owed, but there was still £7.80 miss­ing.

The pair then checked all three ticket ma­chines at the sta­tion and dis­cov­ered ev­ery one had been tam­pered with.

Janette said she was told by Metrolink the re­main­ing money will be re­funded.

San­dra, 55, a Swin­ton In­surance worker, said: “Metrolink said it has been a prob­lem all day and they are try­ing to get some­body to get there.

“After we found the tape I checked the other three ma­chines and they all had this black tape stuck to the slot.

“Who­ever was do­ing it would have been there, they were prob­a­bly watch­ing me.”

She added: “I think my friend was a bit shocked, we had a lovely time.

“She had kept say­ing how lovely Manch­ester was, but then she lost £16.”

San­dra shared images of the gaffer tape on Face­book to warn other Metrolink pas­sen­gers to check ticket ma­chines if they are not re­ceiv­ing change.

Last July, po­lice launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion fol­low­ing a sim­i­lar scam at Mar­ket Street where slot ma­chines were taped up with gaffer tape.

In 2015, three peo­ple were ar­rested after sticky tack was stuffed into a ticket ma­chine at the same sta­tion.

And in July 2015 pieces of card­board were re­port­edly stuffed in­side ma­chines at Rad­cliffe sta­tion to pre­vent change from com­ing out.

A piece of tape stuck on the ticket ma­chine to trap change

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