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27 Apr 2017

More blue badge offences in Bath

A woman who attacked a council parking attendant has admitted using a disabled badge to park for free in the centre of Bath.

Lamia Messoud pleaded guilty to parking a silver Audi in a disabled Henry Street parking bay on December 12 2016. The Blue badge displayed in the vehicle at the time belonged to her father, who officers discovered was not present.

Parking wardens saw Messoud, from Trowbridge, return to the car with a man after around 40 minutes later with Primark bags. Officers began explaining their concerns but the "two people did not look at them and locked it (the car)" prosecutor Ed Hetherington said at Bath Magistrates' Court on April 24. One of the officers then stood in front of the vehicle "and was driven into twice" the court heard. The police were called as the car drove away.

Messoud, the driver, admitted attacking the Bath and North East Somerset Council parking attendant. She received the maximum fine of £1,000 plus a £100 victim surcharge, and was ordered to pay £395 in court costs. She initially denied the charge.

In a separate case a Keynsham woman said she was "very sorry" after being caught using her son's blue badge. Dorothy Smith displayed the badge to park in a bay on Somerset Street on January 23 2017. The badge had expired in 2016.

Parking enforcement officers saw Smith return to the car an hour later with shopping. She pleaded guilty via post and was fined £450, was ordered to pay £395 court costs and a victim surcharge of £45.

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A care worker has been caught using a blue badge which belonged to a former patient to park in Bath. Natasha Elaine McPhillips, from Radstock, parked her Citroen C1 on St James' Parade on August 19 2016. Displayed on the windscreen was a blue badge in the name of a Mr John Allen.

McPhillips did not appear at Bath Magistrates' Court for her hearing on April 24 but pleaded guilty in advance to fraud and unlawfully using the blue badge. She had used Mr Allen's cancelled badge, who she had previously looked after, for 18 months. McPhillips had known the man through a previous job but had kept his blue badge. She now works for a new employer within the care sector.

Prosecutor Mr Ed Hetherington explained how she obtained the badge when she "admitted to parking and displaying the badge after she has taken Mr Allen to hospital." He added she felt she had made a "bad error of judgement" and felt "foolish."

She was fined £450, ordered to pay court costs of £515 and a £45 victim surcharge.

Bath woman Alicia Jane Townsend used her mother's blue badge to park outside The Forum on Somerset Street earlier this year. She displayed the badge in her car on January 23 2017 while she went shopping. Mr Hetherington said Townsend returned an hour after parking up, where she told parking enforcement officers the badge belonged to her mother, who was not present. Ironically she told the officers "it was good that you are doing this" to fight parking "misuse" the court heard. But she refused to say where her mum was after admitting to going shopping in Bath.

Mr Hetherington said she has since apologised and "wouldn't normally use the badge in this circumstance." She didn't appear in court but pleaded guilty by post. She was fined £450, ordered to pay court costs of £395 and a £45 victim surcharge.

Penelope Chainey, from Trowbridge, appeared at Bath Magistrates' Court where she admitted parking in a disabled drivers' bay on Henry Street on December 12 2016. She parked her white Range Rover with a blue badge displayed which belonged to her father, although he wasn't present. She told enforcement officers she was carrying out errands for her dad who was a patient at the Royal United Hospital.

She told the court: "I was in a bit of a panic. I rushed down to take stuff and then went back to the hospital." She apologised stating she "had never done it before."

She was fined £660, ordered to pay court fees of £395 and a £66 victim surcharge.

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