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Magnificent seven prosecutions for blue badge con merchants

Published Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Seven people have been ordered to fork out more than £2,800 after Enfield Council prosecuted them for blue badge fraud.

The seven were ordered to pay fines, victim surcharges and costs worth £2,810.52 at Tottenham Magistrates Court on Thursday 20 February after they were caught by Enfield Council and the Metropolitan Police parking illegally by using a disabled person’s blue badge while the badge holder was not in the car.
 
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “Misusing a person’s blue badge is just about the most despicable fraud I can think of and the people we have successfully prosecuted for this crime deserve everything they’ve got.
 
“Blue badges are designed to make life easier for chronically ill and disabled people, they don’t exist so that able bodied people can con everybody and park wherever they like completely free of charge. These people are a complete disgrace and should be utterly ashamed of themselves.”
 
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance and Property, Cllr Andrew Stafford, said: “I’m delighted we’ve been able to bring these people to justice and sent out a strong message that we deal firmly with all types of fraud in Enfield.
 
“We will not tolerate criminal behaviour in this borough and we’ll continue to carefully monitor blue badge use to prevent misuse and ensure the people who are entitled to use them can do so, safe in the knowledge that they are not being misused by others.” 
 
Bulent Garip of Mount Pleasant Road, N17, admitted parking in a pay and display bay in Fore Street, Edmonton, on 22 October last year and displaying a blue badge without the badge holder in the car and was fined £40, ordered to pay £250 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.                            
 
Candan Beyazkaya, of The Ride, Enfield, pleaded guilty to displaying a blue badge in a pay and display bay on 18 July last year without the badge holder being present and was fined £40, ordered to pay £200 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
 
Maria Paschale of Devonia Gardens, Edmonton, admitted parking in a pay and display bay outside Greggs in Edmonton, and displaying a blue badge without the holder being in the car on 12 October last year. She was fined £40, ordered to pay £250 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
 
Durim Krasniqi of Cedar House, N22, admitted displaying a blue badge in a pay and display bay in Green Lanes, N13, on 5 September 2013, without having the badge holder in the vehicle and was fined £40, ordered to pay £250 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
 
Cetim Mitoglu of Bullier Road, N17, admitted displaying a blue badge in a pay and display bay in Cowper Road, N18, on 23 July 2013, without having the badge holder in the vehicle and was fined £40, ordered to pay £250 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
 
Huseyin Polat of Haselbury Road, N9, was found guilty in his absence of displaying a blue badge in a pay and display bay in Fore Street, N18, on 23 July 2013, without having the badge holder in the vehicle during his visit.
 
He was fined £200, ordered to pay £474.31 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
 
Tanisha Watson of Blackstock road, N15, was found guilty in her absence of displaying a blue badge in a pay and display bay in Brick Lane, EN3, on 18 July 2013, without having the badge holder in the vehicle during her visit.
 
She was fined £200, ordered to pay costs of £396.21 and a £20 victim surcharge.

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