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  1. I have used some of his edits as you can see. I just kept in some essential parts describing my condition, as my GP letter was too brief to explain how my conditions affects me. Hope that makes sense
  2. My apologies. Dear Sir/Madam, I am writing in response to your letter. I would firstly like to sincerely apologise for the incident, but I’d like to assure you that I did not have any intention to evade my fare. I have pre-existing medical conditions which are relevant to the incident. I wouldn’t have at any point attempted to exit the bus without paying. I suffer from chronic fatigue, severe depression, social anxiety and generalised anxiety. Last year, I had to quit my job as a result of my poor health and am currently unemployed in receipt of Universal Credit. My condition affects me to the point where I have difficulty getting out of bed, moreso completing basic tasks. I am in a constant state of physical and mental exhaustion. As a result I have poor concentration and memory problems. Going outside is an extreme struggle for me; I am constantly disorientated and in a state of panic (anxiety attacks). Despite this I am trying to venture outside more to aid my recovery and eventually rejoin the workforce. I struggle especially with boarding buses, as I feel like people are staring at me. At the time of the incident I was moving home on short notice which was extremely stressful and exacerbated my mental and physical health. I had to transport my belongings one box at a time via bus. I immensely struggled with this as I was fatigued, stressed and felt anxious about people around me. I boarded carrying a heavy box with both arms and I thought I had tapped in, without realising that I hadn’t. I am sorry for this mistake, but I must stress that it was not intentional. In hindsight, I wish I had paid more attention to my surroundings. The incident itself and prospect of conviction has had a disastrous effect on my mental health. A criminal record would hinder any future prospects when my health improves and I want to start looking for work. It would prevent me from working in the U.S, which is a dream of mine- despite my current circumstances. Any ambitions of recovering my health would be shattered if I had to go through court proceedings, and even more so if I were convicted. I am doubtful that I’d mentally recover. As can be seen from my history, I had paid for buses just the day before, and have paid for travel since. To prevent this mistake ever happening again I now purchase a weekly bus pass. I always prepare my card in hand and board at the front of the bus, despite anxiety. I am also applying for a Freedom Pass. I have no previous convictions and am an honest person. I am aware that this is the second occurrence of a similar nature within six months, and I am incredibly sorry for this. I will make sure this never happens again, with the steps mentioned above. I plead for the chance to pay immediately for my unpaid journey costs and also reimburse TFL for any necessary administrative costs. I am sorry for any and all inconveniences caused by this matter. I have not at any point wanted to be someone who is contributing to TFL’s growing issue with fare evasion. I have great respect for all the staff that work on the network and I am aware that it is not an easy job. I have included a supporting statement from my GP, as well as additional evidence. I look forward to your response and hope this matter can be resolved amicably by an out of court settlement. Please be aware of my new address noted at the top of this letter. I am thankful for being given the opportunity to explain my circumstances. Sincerely, Xx
  3. Ah. I posted a long reply about how I want to gain a consenus generally on whether people think I should remain neutral or accept liability at this point, as that is the one thing that is stressing me out. And to me dx wasn't being clear on his stance, so I'd like everyone else's i put I'll post my final draft again for anyone who wants to read share with cag Last draft.pdf 36.85 kB · 0 downloads After dx said "just type no need to keep hitting quote... read what the top line of their letter says carefully about what they are nquiring from you." I posted two replies after that, were they deleted? I don't see them
  4. Ah, so I should stay neutral at this point, then accept liability once they present charges?
  5. Okay dx100, I think you are right. Where do you stand though on offence the offence or not? Keep it neutral or accept it?
  6. The medical evidence is actually quite short. I think instead of "explaining" my symptoms my GP just confirms I have them and am being treated. He also asks for leaniency for my case.
  7. Sure HB. I can't see right now how many sides as I'm on mobile, but I think it's 1.5 pages. For CAG.pdf
  8. I don't think they specify in the letter, but they would most likely proceed with strict liability right? Here's a photo of their letter
  9. Oh sorry I meant I trimmed 100 words off. It's now at a stage a tad longer than my first draft, 778 words. Yes my GP letter confirms my conditions and that I have problems with my memory, as well as moving house on short notice.
  10. I've trimmed it down about a 100 words. The thing I find stressful is I feel like the writing that describes my condition is crucial, so I am unsure of how to trim without losing the info.
  11. I did think my friend is wrong at first, but now I am unsure. So should I change my letter again and "accept" the offence
  12. Thank you dx100, I'll include some of those changes you suggested. Regarding my vagueness about the offence, as you see I did not accept or deny it, do you think thats okay?
  13. I've spoken to a friend who urges me to at least speak to a solicitor (specialising in fare evasion) and have a initial consultation. I don't think it'll help though. My friend also helped me to alter my letter, more details have been added and its now 2 pages long - which I think is okay given that I have medical conditions to discuss. I've successfully acquired medical evidence from my GP which will help me out. My friend also advised me to not accept the offence, and keep it vague as the letter is under caution and could be used against me in court. Here is a final draft that I'm sending off. Thoughts? Better than my first draft? "Dear Sir/Madam, I am writing in response to your letter dated the 16th of January 2020 where you requested a response within ten working days in regards to case number xxxxxx. I would firstly like to sincerely apologise for the incident that occurred on the 15th of January 2020, where I was made aware to be potentially committing an offence but I’d like to assure you that I did not have any intention to evade my fare. I have pre-existing medical conditions which are relevant to the incident. I wouldn’t have at any point attempted to exit the bus at my destination without attempting to pay if I was aware that I had not already. I did offer to pay once I was made aware by the officer but was told this was not possible. Due to feeling very intimidated at the time I did not want to press the matter. I suffer from chronic fatigue, severe depression, social anxiety and generalised anxiety. Last year, I had to quit my job as a result of my poor health and am currently unemployed in receipt of Universal Credit. My condition affects me to the point where I have difficulty getting out of bed, moreso completing basic tasks. I am in a constant state of physical and mental exhaustion. As a result I have poor concentration and memory problems- this affects me in every part of my life. I have walked into traffic many times because I was unable to concentrate on what I was doing. In particular, going outside is an extreme struggle for me; I am constantly fatigued, disorientated and frequently in a state of panic (anxiety attacks). Despite this I am trying to venture outside more to aid my recovery and eventually rejoin the workforce. My social anxiety causes me to feel panicked and disoriented when I board buses, as I feel like people are staring at me. At the time of the incident I was moving home which was extremely stressful and exacerbated my mental and physical health. I had just a few days to move and I pushed past my limits with completing this quickly. I had to transport my belongings one box at a time via bus. I immensely struggled with this as I was fatigued, sleep-deprived, stressed and felt anxious about people looking at me. I boarded carrying a heavy box with both arms and I thought I had successfully tapped in, without realising that I hadn’t. I apologise for this mistake, but I must stress that it was not intentional. In hindsight, I wish I had paid more attention to my surroundings. The incident itself and prospect of conviction has had a disastrous effect on my mental health. A criminal record would hinder any future prospects when my health improves and I want to start looking for work. It would prevent me from visiting or working in the U.S- which is a dream of mine, despite my current circumstances. Any ambitions of recovering my health would be shattered if I had to go through court proceedings, and even more so if I were convicted. I am doubtful that I’d mentally recover. As can be seen from I have attached my Oyster and contactless card history as part of my evidence that I had paid for buses just the day before, and have paid for travel since. To prevent this mistake ever happening again I now purchase a weekly bus pass and always prepare my card in hand and board at the front of the bus, despite my anxiety. I am also applying for a Freedom Pass. I have no previous convictions and am an honest person. I am aware that this is the second occurrence of a similar nature within six months, and I am incredibly sorry for this. I will make sure this never happens again with the steps mentioned above. My GP has provided a supporting statement to confirm my current medical conditions. I can also ask my housing officer to confirm the dates of my move if you require further supporting evidence. I plead for the chance to pay immediately for my unpaid journey costs and also reimburse TFL for any necessary administrative costs. I am sorry for any and all inconveniences caused by this matter. I have not at any point wanted to be someone who is contributing to TFL’s growing issue with fare evasion. I have great respect for all the staff that work on the network and aware it’s not any easy job. I have included evidence of the following: Fit notes, NHS Sleep study appointment, NHS Talking Therapy assessment summary, NHS iapt appointments, NHS Spine Advisory Group session appointment, Universal Credit health assessment appointment, and a supporting statement from my GP. I have also included my travel history on both my oyster and contactless debit card. I look forward to your response and hope this matter can be resolved amicably by an Out Of Court Settlement without the need to go through the courts. I please ask that all future correspondence is sent to be aware of my new address noted at the top of this letter. I am thankful for being given the opportunity to explain my circumstances. Sincerely, xxxx"
  14. Sorry for too many questions, but overall do you think my reasonings are good enough to be considered for an OOC settlement?
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