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Council prosecutes SEVEN in same day over blue badge misuse

PUBLISHED: 14:56 02 September 2016 | UPDATED: 15:01 02 September 2016

Bromley Magistrates Court

Bromley Magistrates Court

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The council has a zero-tolerance approach to blue badge misuse

Bromley Council has prosecuted seven individuals in one day over the misuse of blue badges, breaking its previous record of five.

All the defendants pleaded guilty and were ordered to pay fines totalling £2,350, including prosecution costs and victim surcharges, as the council continued its zero-tolerance approach.

Among those prosecuted was a motorist who was caught using her grandmother’s blue badge to avoid buying a pay-and-display ticket while picking up a takeaway.

Councillor Lydia Buttinger, executive assistant for environment said, “This record number of prosecutions acts as a continued warning to those thinking about committing blue badge fraud.

“Our campaign to stop misuse is really intensifying and we will be clamping down on any blue badge misuse hotspots – if you are using a blue badge illegally we urge you to stop now. These prosecutions prove that you will get caught.

“The council’s blue badge misuse campaign, launched in October last year, aims to promote the correct usage of the badge and its benefits, whilst combatting fraud and misuse.”

The incidents, which occurred between March 21 and June 27 this year, resulted in successful prosecutions for Mr Mark Adonai of Brangbourne Road, Bromley; Miss Samantha Humphries of Leonard Road, Bromley; Mrs Patricia Jenkins of Archer Way, Swanley; Miss Kathryn McPherson of Barnet Drive, Bromley; Ms Lauren Raymond of Westmoreland Road, Bromley; Ms Maria Rodriguez of Steyning Grove, London and Miss Sandra Stranney of Parish Lane, Penge.

In all cases, the badges were used when the badge holders were not present - an offence that can lead to a fine of £1,000 and confiscation of the blue badge.

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