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Gravesend man ordered to pay more than £800 after pleading guilty to blue badge misuse

PUBLISHED: 09:57 01 April 2016 | UPDATED: 09:57 01 April 2016

Bexley Magistrates ordered the man to pay more than £800

Bexley Magistrates ordered the man to pay more than £800

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The blue badge had been cancelled when the owner passed away six months previously

A Gravesend man has been ordered to pay more than £800 after pleading guilty to misusing a blue badge after the holder had passed away.

Carl Sandland, of Ebbsfleet Court in High Street, Northfleet, committed the offence on October 2, 2015, in the Bowling Centre car park in Bexleyheath.

The blue badge he used had been cancelled around six months earlier, when the badge holder passed away.

In a letter to Bexley Magistrates, Mr Sandland accepted responsibility for the offence and said he had intended to display a valid badge when the vehicle was parked.

He claimed to have made the mistake because he had been travelling with a passenger who held the power of attorney for the deceased, although there was no evidence to suggest he had a valid badge with him on the date of the offence.

Mr Sandland was found guilty at a hearing at Bexley Magistrates on March 21 and ordered to pay a £400 fine, £400 costs and a £40 victim surcharge.

A spokesman for the London Borough of Bexley said: “Misuse of blue badges is a serious issue because it causes difficulties for genuine badge holders, who need to park close to facilities and also undermines the integrity of the blue badge scheme.

“Badges should always be returned when the holder no longer needs them and we will continue to prosecute cases when we believe they are being misused.”

The offence of misusing a blue badge can lead to a £1,000 fine and the confiscation of the badge.

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