Leeds and Wakefield Blue Badge cheats fined

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TWO more Blue Badge cheats have been handed fines after being found to be using the passes to park illegally.

Anthony Hillyard of Westbourne Gardens, Garforth, and Jayne Hewitt, of Altofts Lodge Drive, Wakefield, were tripped up by lies they told when found illegally using Blue Badges.

Leeds Magistrates ordered Hillyard to pay a £55 fine plus costs of £386.21 and a £20 victim surcharge.

Hewitt must now pay costs of £100, victim surcharge of £20 and a £35 fine.

Hillyard’s car was parked on double yellow lines on June 18. Civil enforcement officers checked the Blue Badge on display and discovered that the badge holder had passed away.

Officers issued a penalty charge notice which Hillyard appealed stating he had rushed his relative, also the badge holder, to hospital in an emergency.

Further checks confirmed that the badge holder had died earlier in the year. Although Hillyard paid the penalty notice for parking illegally, he had still used the badge of a deceased person – an offence – and was prosecuted.

On June 24, civil enforcement officers checked the Blue Badge on the dashboard of Hewitt’s car parked in a pay and display space.

When it became clear that the badge holder wasn’t and hadn’t been present when the car was parked, officers cautioned Hewitt and issued a penalty notice charge for non-
payment of the relevant parking fee.

Although Hewitt eventually admitted mis-using the badge as the officers suspected and uncovered, she’d still committed an offence by using the badge while the badge holder wasn’t present.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive board member for the environment, said: “There is no excuse for mis-using a Blue Badge and there is no point lying about it when caught.”

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