Man fined after punching traffic warden in row over ticket

A man who punched a parking warden has been fined after pleading guilty to assault.

Anthony Prince, of Listley Street, Bridgnorth, hit Shropshire Council's civil enforcement officer on April 5, at Listley Street Car Park.

The attack took place after he was issued with a ticket by the warden for his parking.

A spokesman for Shropshire Council said: "The assault took place after a penalty charge notice was issued to Mr Prince’s vehicle when it was found to be parked in contravention of the parking restrictions.

"Mr Prince became threatening and aggressive towards the officer, before physically assaulting him.

"The matter was reported to and investigated by West Mercia Police, who later successfully prosecuted Mr Prince."

Earlier this month Prince pleaded guilty to the assault, and was ordered by Telford Magistrates Court to pay £200 compensation to the officer, as well as having to pay £300 in costs.

The council has also prosecuted a man who refused to produce his disabled person's blue badge when asked.

A spokesman for the council said: "The offence, which also occurred in Listley Street, Bridgnorth, took place on February 9, when Wayne Pearsall of Armscote Road, Shipston-On-Stour, Warwickshire, returned to his vehicle and failed to respond to the officer’s request to see the disabled person’s Blue Badge, which had been on display in his vehicle. Mr Pearsall’s attitude and response to the lawful request was wholly inappropriate."

The Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 makes it an offence to fail to produce a Blue Badge for inspection when requested to do so by a civil enforcement officer.

Intimidation

The matter went to trial and was heard before a district judge at Telford Magistrates Court on October 14, after Pearsall had entered a not guilty plea in September 2019.

He was found guilty of the offence after the judge heard the testimony of the officer and viewed video footage from his body-worn camera which recorded the incident.

Mr Pearsall was ordered to pay a total of £240.

Frances Darling, Shropshire Council’s trading standards and licensing operations manager, said: "All staff, whether in the private or public sector, have a right to go about their duties without intimidation, abuse or violence. Our civil enforcement officers work very hard to provide a professional service at all times, in all weathers and sometimes under the most difficult and challenging circumstances.

"The assault on the officer in April took place whilst the officer was carrying out their role for the benefit of the community, and it is simply unacceptable. Our message is clear: we will not tolerate any form of abuse, nor will we stand by when our officers are purposefully obstructed and subjected to unacceptable behaviour and responses by the public when officers are simply carrying out their duties.

Important

"We are not afraid to take further action when evidence suggests crimes like these have been committed.”

Gwilym Butler, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for communities, place planning and regulatory services, added: “Shropshire Council’s civil enforcement officers carry out a very important role to keep our roads safe and clear of indiscriminate parking and to identify, prevent and disrupt the misuse of Blue Badges.

"If any individual attempts to abuse, assault or obstruct our civil enforcement officers whilst carrying out these duties, then they can expect to be reported and face prosecution.

"Shropshire Council will not tolerate such behaviour towards their staff in any way. We are committed to protecting those who serve our communities and will deal robustly with any allegations of abuse, assault or obstruction. The council appreciates that Blue Badge holders can be some of the most vulnerable in our community and it is important that we support them; however, no one is above the law and there can never be any excuse for behaviour such as this.”

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