Man uses dead dad’s disabled badge

A WORSLEY man has been sentenced after he admitted using his dead father’s disabled parking badge.

Magistrates ordered Colin Cartwright, from Worsley Road, Manchester, to pay £150 and £100 costs with a £15 victims of crime surcharge.

The city council’s blue badge team saw the disabled parking badge in the Cartwright’s car which was parked on Walker’s Croft, near Victoria Station, in June 2009.

After some investigation they discovered that the badge belonged to Cartwright’s father who died in 2007.

Councillor Richard Cowell, executive member for the environment at Manchester City Council, said: “The blue badge system was set up to help genuinely disabled people who need to be able to park near shops, medical centres and other vital services.

“These cases should serve as a warning to anyone who thinks they can get away with it. Our blue badge enforcement team is constantly on the look-out, and we regularly prosecute motorists we find abusing the system to park for free in Manchester.”

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