Blue badge fraudster punished after Councils’ investigation

Release Date: 27 November 2017

A local business owner was caught and prosecuted for fraudulently using a stolen blue badge to park for free outside his premises.

As part of investigations into Blue Badge misuse, officers from the South West London Fraud Partnership, observed Mr Hugill on a number of occasions parking his vehicle in Cornwall Road and displaying a Blue Badge to avoid paying parking fees. The Blue Badge did not belong to Mr Hugill and was later identified as being reported stolen, so it was clear that it was being misused.

Mr Hugill was prosecuted for his fraudulent misuse and his case was heard at Wimbledon Magistrates Court, where he was given a 12 month community order with a condition he complete 100 hours unpaid work within the community. He was further ordered to pay the Council £500 for costs.

Cllr Mark Boyle, Cabinet member for Housing, Public Health and Community Safety said:

“Blue badges are not for mere convenience, they are to assist vulnerable members of our communities who need them. Fraudulently using a blue badge deprives these vulnerable people of a parking space.

“We ask people to think before they use a blue badge which they are not entitled to. We will find out and we will prosecute you.” 

The South West London Fraud Partnership (SWLFP) investigates fraud on behalf of Richmond, Wandsworth, Sutton, Merton and Kingston boroughs.

If you suspect someone of committing Blue Badge Fraud, please help us with bringing them to justice by contacting the fraud team by email at swlfp@wandsworth.gov.uk, or by phone 020 8871 8383, or via the Council’s whistle blowing hotline on 0800 3899795, or the fraud hotline 020 8891 7839.

Notes for editors

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Reference: P549/17

Updated: 1 December 2017