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Lewisham man ordered to pay nearly £1,000 after using relative's blue badge in Bromley

PUBLISHED: 10:29 18 November 2016 | UPDATED: 10:42 18 November 2016

Blue badge misuse can lead to a £1,000 fine

Blue badge misuse can lead to a £1,000 fine

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Bromley Council is continuing its zero-tolerance stance on Blue Badge misuse.

A Lewisham man has been ordered to pay nearly £1,000 after he was caught using a relative’s Blue Badge in East Street, Bromley.

Adewale Shodipe, of Alpine Road, claimed his relative was shopping in Bromley, but he was unable to prove this during a trial at Bromley Magistrates Court.

He was found guilty on November 4 and was ordered to pay a fine of £55, prosecution costs of £850 and a £30 victim surcharge.

Councillor Lydia Buttinger, executive assistant for environment, said: “This is a prime example of a driver ultimately attempting to avoid paying for parking by using a badge that doesn’t belong to them.

“Instead of paying a minimal fee to park on the day in question, blue badge misuse has cost Mr Shodipe nearly £1,000 and a criminal record.

“Anyone considering borrowing someone else’s Blue Badge should surely look at this example and ask themselves ‘can I really afford to get caught?’”

This latest conviction brings the total number of successful prosecutions since the start of the crackdown on blue badge misuse to 23.

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