A man who made and used a fake Blue Badge has been fined a total of £1,095.
Clive Dean, 53, of Church End, Ravensden, pleaded guilty to three offences of creating, possessing and using a falsified Blue Badge.
At Luton Magistrates Court last Wednesday he was fined and also ordered to pay £200 in legal costs and a £110 victim surcharge.
The fake Blue Badge was spotted by a Bedford Borough Council civic enforcement officer during a routine parking patrol.
Mr Dean, who was sitting in the vehicle, asked the officer to overlook the counterfeit badge.
While being interviewed by the council, he said he had previously been issued with a Blue Badge but when it expired and he applied for a new one, he was told that he no longer qualified as his mobility had improved.
Mr Dean deliberately altered his expired badge using Photoshop so that it appeared valid and he could continue using it.
Speaking after the case, Councillor Michael Headley, who oversees finance, said: “Fraudulently taking up parking spaces that are essential for people with disabilities is unfair and the magistrates have rightly penalised Mr Dean, sending out a strong message to anyone else who thinks it is OK to falsify a Blue Badge and use it for their own benefit.
“Thanks to the high standards of the parking services team this badge was spotted and seized, taking it out of use immediately. This was a serious offence where Mr Dean went to considerable effort to alter the badge to try and deceive the Council into allowing him free parking in disabled parking spaces.”
If you know anyone that may be committing Blue Badge fraud contact Bedford Borough Council via its website www.bedford.gov.uk/bluebadge or call 01234 718009.