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Blue badge fraudsters pay the price

Published Friday, 27 April 2012

Three fraudsters who illegally used blue badges to park free of charge have appeared before magistrates.

The trio were brought to book after patrols by Enfield Council uncovered the fraud. So far this year 203 motorists have been convicted, fined a total of £36,753 and ordered to pay costs of £63,281.

The latest prosecutions were of Ellias Barberis of Belcher Lane, Nazeing, who pleaded guilty to using his wife's badge at Tottenhall Road, Palmers Green on 25 January. The Court heard that he was found in a café whilst his wife was shopping in Golders Green and he was consequently ordered to pay a total of £575.

Abdul Rahim of Chesterfield Gardens, Haringey, pleaded guilty to using his mother's badge at Chase Side, Southgate, on 14 February  whilst she was at home and was ordered to pay a total of £200, while Rose Delaney of Scotland Green Road, Enfield, was convicted of using her son's blue badge while he was at school in Bishops Stortford and was ordered to pay a total of £640.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: "Using someone else's blue badge to gain a couple of hours free parking is an outrageous abuse and we'll do everything we can to stamp out this disgusting crime.

"We in Enfield take this crime seriously and we will always ask for the maximum penalty be given to these criminals."

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