Grays man fined over illegal use of Disability Blue Badge

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TWO road users have ended up with a criminal record after both used a blue badge in the borough that they were not entitled to.

On Monday 1 April, separate hearings at Basildon Magistrates Court saw Chris Morrison, previously of Campsey Road, Dagenham, and Naeem Khalid of Ruskin Road, Grays, plead guilty to displaying blue disability badges that were not theirs.

Thurrock Council’s Counter Fraud and Investigation Department (CFID) was alerted to Morrison’s offence by parking officials and Khalid’s offence by civil enforcement officers. Both investigations lead to prosecution after each offender was found to be using a blue badge which had been issued to a family member.

Morrison received a £600 fine, £150 costs, £60 victim surcharge (£810 total) and a criminal record. Khalid, an unemployed student, received a £80 fine, £150 costs, £30 victim surcharge (£260 total) and a criminal record.

For more information on the Blue Badge parking scheme, go to thurrock.gov.uk/blue-badge-parking

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