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Blue badge fraud ordered to pay more than £1,100 in court

PUBLISHED: 11:59 18 October 2016

Blue badge misuse can carry a £1,000 fine

Blue badge misuse can carry a £1,000 fine

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He was caught parking at a Bromley shopping centre

A fraud caught using his mother-in-law’s blue disabled badge has been ordered to pay more than £1,000.

Jason Griffin of Manor Way, Beckenham was parked in Ethelbert Road earlier this year when a civil enforcement officer asked where the badge holder.

Griffin told the officer his mother-in-law was shopping at the intu shopping centre, but declined the opportunity to prove it.

Last month, Griffin pleaded not guilty to misusing a blue badge, but was found guilty on October 11.

Before giving his verdict, the District Judge concluded that Mr Griffin’s account of events was “a story he made up because he knew he had to”.

Councillor Lydia Buttinger is the council’s executive assistant for environment.

She said: “This conviction is the latest in a string of similar cases involving the use of a Blue Badge when the badge holder was not present of part of the journey.

“This is the most common form of misuse in Bromley.

“ny driver who is thinking about misusing a blue badge in this way should know that it is only a question of time before they are caught – they must ask themselves if it is really worth risking a fine and a criminal record.”

Griffin was ordered to pay a £250 fine, prosecution costs of £850 and a victim surcharge of £30.

This latest conviction brings the total to twenty-two successful prosecutions since the start of the crackdown, which was launched to protect the integrity of the Blue Badge Scheme.

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