Named and shamed: Men and women who committed blue badge fraud in Wandsworth

Tooting man caught using disabled parking badge stolen from 80-year-old’s car

Tooting man caught using disabled parking badge stolen from 80-year-old’s car

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A 50-year-old man was caught using disabled parking badge stolen from a pensioner’s car.

Akhtar Rashid Aziz, from Tooting, was caught using a blue badge stolen from a disabled 80-year-old living nearby.

Thieves smashed the victim's car window, which was parked outside his home, and snatched the permit.

A few months later council staff spotted Aziz using the badge to park his wife’s car for free in Tooting Bec.

When questioned under caution he refused to offer any explanation about how the badge came to be in his possession.

Aziz, of Parklands Road, Furzedown, was sentenced to 150 hours of unpaid community service by magistrates and ordered to pay the council’s prosecution costs of £492 plus a victim surcharge of £60.

This was in addition to the £255 he had to pay to get his wife’s vehicle back from the car pound after it was towed away.


The fraud team also took action against people who work at St George’s Hospital, in Tooting, who were caught cheating the system.

Hospital worker Samantha Taylor, 26, of Meadowsweet Close, Raynes Park, pleaded guilty to five offences of misusing her mother’s badge to park while on duty. She was ordered to pay fines and court costs of £520.

Pellegrino Avella, aged 52, of Peterborough Road, Carshalton, pleaded guilty to five offences of misusing his 75-year-old mother’s badge while working at the hospital. He was ordered to pay fines and costs of £520.

Repeat offender Pauline Cunningham, of Acacia Road, Mitcham, was convicted of five offences after she was caught using her mother’s permit to leave her vehicle all day in a disabled person’s parking space while she caught the tube to work. In September last year the 48-year-old was prosecuted for four similar offences. She was fined £1,750 and ordered to pay costs of £541. She also had to pay the £230 tow away fee to get her car back.

Hazel Sharp of Townfield Road, in Feltham, was caught four times using her blind daughter’s badge to park all day in Wandsworth. She was ordered to pay fines and costs of £470.

Zahir Chowdhury, of Gibson’s Hill, Norbury, pleaded guilty to five offences of misusing his disabled mother’s badge to park in Ruislip Street, close to his butcher shop business on Upper Tooting Road. He was ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £870.

Shopworker Khasru Miah, aged 42 of Lynton Avenue, Hendon, was ordered to pay £909 in fines and costs having been found guilty of five offences of misusing his mother’s badge to park his car while working in the Southside shopping centre.

Samantha Wainwright, 28, of Trinity Road, Tooting Bec, pleaded guilty to six offences under the Fraud Act for using two different stolen badges. She was ordered to pay fines and court costs totalling £1,126.

Aneta Wieczorek of Robin Hood Lane, Sutton, was ordered to pay fines and costs of £405 for using her father’s Polish-issued disabled parking badge to occupy a designated ‘disabled’ parking bay all day while working at the Southside shopping centre.

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The council’s transport spokesman Councillor Jonathan Cook said: "Sadly there are lots of people who try to fiddle the system in this way. The blue badge scheme exists to help disabled people get out and about, drive to work, visit friends or go shopping. It was not invented to give their relatives a passport to free parking."

Anyone with information about blue badge misuse can contact the council's team of investigators by emailing parking@wandsworth.gov.uk or calling 020 8 871 6547/7916.

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6:54pm Mon 11 Aug 14

QPR4Me says...

A few weeks in prison might help these vile cheats to learn the error of their ways as well.
A few weeks in prison might help these vile cheats to learn the error of their ways as well. QPR4Me
  • Score: 14

7:01pm Mon 11 Aug 14

balhamite says...

How low can you go. I suspect that Mr Aziz and the others are just the tip of an iceberg. Whenever I go to the big local supermarkets I witness people parked in the disabled bays displaying a blue badge and very spritefully they get out of their car and walk to the shop, clearly with nothing physically wrong with them.
How low can you go. I suspect that Mr Aziz and the others are just the tip of an iceberg. Whenever I go to the big local supermarkets I witness people parked in the disabled bays displaying a blue badge and very spritefully they get out of their car and walk to the shop, clearly with nothing physically wrong with them. balhamite
  • Score: 4

10:11am Tue 12 Aug 14

inclusionMCIL says...

As a member of staff at a disabled people's organisation, Merton Centre for Independent Living, I welcome this news as I am only too aware of the distress caused by the misuse of the blue badge and car crime relating to the removal of the blue badge. Whilst my sympathies lie with the victim who seems to have received a pretty bad deal with the paltry £60 victim surcharge I am also pleased to encourage Merton Council to keep up the excellent work in this field
As a member of staff at a disabled people's organisation, Merton Centre for Independent Living, I welcome this news as I am only too aware of the distress caused by the misuse of the blue badge and car crime relating to the removal of the blue badge. Whilst my sympathies lie with the victim who seems to have received a pretty bad deal with the paltry £60 victim surcharge I am also pleased to encourage Merton Council to keep up the excellent work in this field inclusionMCIL
  • Score: 12

10:15am Tue 12 Aug 14

inclusionMCIL says...

Sorry. I meant Wandsworth Council
Sorry. I meant Wandsworth Council inclusionMCIL
  • Score: 6

11:28am Tue 12 Aug 14

buggsie says...

See it all the time - a man with dark glasses and a white stick got in a car at a supermarket disabled bay and drove off.
Questioned a traffic warden about the number of blue badge cars by the tennis club in Gressenhall Road, Southfields - having had watched drivers get out and walk down the hill. She said she was aware - but did nothing.
See it all the time - a man with dark glasses and a white stick got in a car at a supermarket disabled bay and drove off. Questioned a traffic warden about the number of blue badge cars by the tennis club in Gressenhall Road, Southfields - having had watched drivers get out and walk down the hill. She said she was aware - but did nothing. buggsie
  • Score: 4

7:17pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Tobermory says...

inclusionMCIL wrote:
Sorry. I meant Wandsworth Council
Indeed you did as Merton do little to crack down on fraudsters and encourage abuse by over generous benefits far beyond those given in the badge scheme:

Free unlimited all day parking on single/double yellow lines
Free unlimited parking in car parks
Free unlimited parking in resident bays
Free additional permit for visitors/family member

Its a ludicrous system where a Merton resident will get a PCN parking in neighbouring boroughs with a blue badge but a Wandsworth resident can take up a resident bay all day in Merton with impunity!
Is it any wonder people abuse the system when the most likely penalty is a parking ticket costing not much more than a days parking fee.
[quote][p][bold]inclusionMCIL[/bold] wrote: Sorry. I meant Wandsworth Council[/p][/quote]Indeed you did as Merton do little to crack down on fraudsters and encourage abuse by over generous benefits far beyond those given in the badge scheme: Free unlimited all day parking on single/double yellow lines Free unlimited parking in car parks Free unlimited parking in resident bays Free additional permit for visitors/family member Its a ludicrous system where a Merton resident will get a PCN parking in neighbouring boroughs with a blue badge but a Wandsworth resident can take up a resident bay all day in Merton with impunity! Is it any wonder people abuse the system when the most likely penalty is a parking ticket costing not much more than a days parking fee. Tobermory
  • Score: 2

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