Woman used dead mum’s parking badge

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A WOMAN misused her dead mother’s blue badge to avoid an £8 parking ticket.

Deborah Wright, 53, altered the expiry date on the badge and used it to park at Southampton railway station last July before travelling to London by train, Southampton magistrates heard.

But a sharp-eyed civil enforcement officer spotted that the altered date did not tally with the badge’s serial number, said Mary Kigonya, prosecuting for the city council.

Wright, of Middlefield Road, Plymouth admitted obtaining a service dishonestly and unlawful use of the blue badge.

The badge expired in 2011 but Wright tampered with it and changed 11 to 14, said Ms Kigonya.

Wright’s mother died in 2009 and she said she found the badge the day before she used it.

Wright told magistrates: “It was a spur of the moment thing on the anniversary of my mother’s birthday and death. I was very emotional. I regret it.”

Magistrates imposed a 12-month community order for 80 hours unpaid work and ordered Wright to pay £450 costs.

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6:16am Wed 20 Feb 13

townieboy says...

Harsh sentence when the Tony Morrow had 43 offences yesterday and just a suspended sentance. Just shows you that theres one law for the working class and one for the scum.
Harsh sentence when the Tony Morrow had 43 offences yesterday and just a suspended sentance. Just shows you that theres one law for the working class and one for the scum. townieboy

8:03am Wed 20 Feb 13

Graeme Harrison says...

townieboy wrote:
Harsh sentence when the Tony Morrow had 43 offences yesterday and just a suspended sentance. Just shows you that theres one law for the working class and one for the scum.
How do you know that Tony's working class?
[quote][p][bold]townieboy[/bold] wrote: Harsh sentence when the Tony Morrow had 43 offences yesterday and just a suspended sentance. Just shows you that theres one law for the working class and one for the scum.[/p][/quote]How do you know that Tony's working class? Graeme Harrison

8:19am Wed 20 Feb 13

iwishiwaslikeyou says...

Its a pretty low act to use a dead persons identity (which what this amounts to) to save a few quid deserves the punishment
Its a pretty low act to use a dead persons identity (which what this amounts to) to save a few quid deserves the punishment iwishiwaslikeyou

8:35am Wed 20 Feb 13

MGRA says...

ridiculous punishment, you get less if you punch a random stranger in the face in a pub.... typical. One rule for chavs, one for the rest. Stupid woman, unpleasant crime but way over the top sentence....
ridiculous punishment, you get less if you punch a random stranger in the face in a pub.... typical. One rule for chavs, one for the rest. Stupid woman, unpleasant crime but way over the top sentence.... MGRA

9:20am Wed 20 Feb 13

shaun_inuk says...

It was £450 costs so i would assume she foight the case, a guilty plea from the off is usually a lot less.
It was £450 costs so i would assume she foight the case, a guilty plea from the off is usually a lot less. shaun_inuk

9:51am Wed 20 Feb 13

Linesman says...

Her mother died in 2009 and she claimed that she only found the blue badge the day before she used it in July 2012.

That must have been the day that a swarm of pigs was seen flying over Southampton.
Her mother died in 2009 and she claimed that she only found the blue badge the day before she used it in July 2012. That must have been the day that a swarm of pigs was seen flying over Southampton. Linesman

10:06am Wed 20 Feb 13

Niel says...

Good, about time Blue Badge abusers got the message!
Good, about time Blue Badge abusers got the message! Niel

11:44am Wed 20 Feb 13

ohec says...

As far as i am concerned the sentence was correct and a minimum £500 fine for all misuse of blue badges should be the norm.
As far as i am concerned the sentence was correct and a minimum £500 fine for all misuse of blue badges should be the norm. ohec

12:46pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Linesman says...

ohec wrote:
As far as i am concerned the sentence was correct and a minimum £500 fine for all misuse of blue badges should be the norm.
I agree. A minimum fine of £500 for a 'one off' misuse of a blue badge, but do you really believe that it took Deborah Wright more than TWO YEARS to find her mother's blue badge, and that she used it ONLY ONCE?

I think that she got off light, and my betting is that, by using the blue badge, she saved more in parking charges than she was fined.
[quote][p][bold]ohec[/bold] wrote: As far as i am concerned the sentence was correct and a minimum £500 fine for all misuse of blue badges should be the norm.[/p][/quote]I agree. A minimum fine of £500 for a 'one off' misuse of a blue badge, but do you really believe that it took Deborah Wright more than TWO YEARS to find her mother's blue badge, and that she used it ONLY ONCE? I think that she got off light, and my betting is that, by using the blue badge, she saved more in parking charges than she was fined. Linesman

2:00pm Wed 20 Feb 13

ohec says...

Perhaps if the issuing authorities took a dimmer view of abuse things might be better my old next door neighbours wife had a bad hip and the next thing you know he is having driving lessons (age 55) he passed and before you could blink they got a brand new motability car, he is out in it all the time and she goes out once a week, he told me he uses the badge and indeed i have seen him using it, i reported him and the badge got suspended for a few weeks after which he carried on.
Perhaps if the issuing authorities took a dimmer view of abuse things might be better my old next door neighbours wife had a bad hip and the next thing you know he is having driving lessons (age 55) he passed and before you could blink they got a brand new motability car, he is out in it all the time and she goes out once a week, he told me he uses the badge and indeed i have seen him using it, i reported him and the badge got suspended for a few weeks after which he carried on. ohec

2:54pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Wheeliebin says...

As a disabled person it disgusts me that the badge is so often used by people as a 'free parking badge'.

The idea of the badge is to enable DISABLED people to park conveniently near to where ever they are going. Anyone abusing the badge should expect the law to come down on them hard.

Those who abuse the badge should be sent on a course to experience what it's like to be disabled. Then maybe they would not do it.
As a disabled person it disgusts me that the badge is so often used by people as a 'free parking badge'. The idea of the badge is to enable DISABLED people to park conveniently near to where ever they are going. Anyone abusing the badge should expect the law to come down on them hard. Those who abuse the badge should be sent on a course to experience what it's like to be disabled. Then maybe they would not do it. Wheeliebin

5:59pm Wed 20 Feb 13

rightway says...

Most blue badge holders abuse the system anyway, they park where they like with no consideration for other road users.
When was the last time a genuine disabled person was seen getting out of a car displaying a blue badge. For the majority of blue badge holders its simply a way of avoiding parking charges, or because their to lazy to walk.
The whole system needs to be overhauled and only those deemed genuine should be given a badge and even then they should pay like the rest of us.
Most blue badge holders abuse the system anyway, they park where they like with no consideration for other road users. When was the last time a genuine disabled person was seen getting out of a car displaying a blue badge. For the majority of blue badge holders its simply a way of avoiding parking charges, or because their to lazy to walk. The whole system needs to be overhauled and only those deemed genuine should be given a badge and even then they should pay like the rest of us. rightway

6:22pm Wed 20 Feb 13

wake up says...

she should of put her mums ashes in the passenger seat , at least then she could of claimed her mum was in the car with her,,, and if they asked " why has the badge expired ! " she could say ,,, COZ ME MUM HAS TOO, ,,,, joking,,,
she should of put her mums ashes in the passenger seat , at least then she could of claimed her mum was in the car with her,,, and if they asked " why has the badge expired ! " she could say ,,, COZ ME MUM HAS TOO, ,,,, joking,,, wake up

2:04pm Thu 28 Feb 13

kiddynamite says...

I bet all you who are whining dont own a 'blue badge' huh. Blue badges are to make life easier for the disabled and the person caring for them. Stop being so petty and concentrate on you and yours and stop whining because someone else has something you dont! jeez!
I bet all you who are whining dont own a 'blue badge' huh. Blue badges are to make life easier for the disabled and the person caring for them. Stop being so petty and concentrate on you and yours and stop whining because someone else has something you dont! jeez! kiddynamite

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