A BRADFORD district man who avoided paying a £9.80 taxi fare outside a hotel has been forced to pay 70 times the price.

Paul Rose, of Halifax Road in Keighley, made off from the taxi at the Rendezvous Hotel in Skipton on May 26.

Court documents say he did this knowing that payment on the spot for the service was expected.

The 61-year-old was found guilty of the make off without making payment offence when he appeared at Skipton Magistrates' Court on December 5.

Rose, who had pleaded not guilty in October, has been forced to pay £620 in court costs, a £60 fine, £9.80 in compensation, and a £24 victim surcharge.

The £713.80 total will be paid in £50 instalments from January 2, 2024.