£2,300 bill for blue badge cheat who was caught 10 times

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A blue badge cheat has been found guilty of blatantly ignoring the rules for parking.

Between August and December 2013, Wesley Oddy of Chadwick Street, Leeds was caught using a blue badge without the badge holder being present on 10 occasions.

In some cases, civil enforcement officers found Oddy’s car 
in different locations on the same day still illegally displaying 
the badge even though he had already received a penalty notice for using the badge to get out of paying parking charges earlier in the day.

On each occasion officers were able to show that Oddy was parking his car and using the badge without the badge holder being present.

His actions resulted in the issuing authority revoking the blue badge.

All attempts by Oddy to appeal against the fines that he had accumulated were rejected.

Last week magistrates fined Oddy £600 and ordered him to pay a victim surcharge of £60 and costs of £1,694.36.

Leeds city councillor Mark Dobson, executive board member for the environment, said: “This is a clear-cut case of determined abuse of the system designed to make life easier for those who genuinely need it.”

People could have their blue badges revoked or renewal refused if they or others persistently abused them, Coun Dobson warned.