Second blue badge conviction for deputy manager of Bedford care home

Two men have been charged following the incident
Two men have been charged following the incident

A deputy manager at a Bedford care home has been ordered to pay £800 after pleading guilty to misusing a Blue Badge, which belonged to a resident of the care home.

During the hearing at Luton Magistrates Court on November 6, the court heard how Lisa Burnapp, of Boxgrove Priory, Bedford, parked in a designated disabled bay in Allhallows in Bedford Town Centre after dropping a colleague off in town to run some errands.

She had parked displaying a Blue Badge belonging to a resident of the care home where she works, without the badge holder having travelled with them.

The court also heard that this was the second time Lisa Burnapp had been prosecuted for Blue Badge offences, following an earlier conviction in 2015 for fraudulently amending the expiry date on a Blue Badge belonging to the care home.

In passing sentence the Court ordered that Lisa Burnapp pay a fine of £500, with a victim surcharge of £50 and pay £250 in costs.

Cllr Michael Headley, Portfolio Holder for Finance at Bedford Borough Council, said: “It is an offence to misuse a Blue Badge, and takes parking spaces away from those who need them. The Blue Badge scheme exists to help those with mobility issues, and the council will continue to enforce against those who commit Blue Badge fraud.”

If you know someone committing Blue Badge Fraud you can report them via the Council’s website or by emailing Fraud@bedford.gov.uk