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Portsmouth City Council has successfully prosecuted three motorists who were caught abusing disabled badges to gain free parking in Portsmouth.

Mrs Kelly Deakins from Manchester was caught using her her deceased grandmother's disabled badge to park in a disabled bay in the city centre on Wednesday 24 August. 

Mrs Deakins was prosecuted in her absence at Portsmouth Magistrates Court - in sentencing, the Magistrate stated that this was a 'serious matter' and  imposed a financial penalty of £1,022. 

Mrs Susan Wake of Malvern Road, Portsmouth was caught misusing her husband's disabled badge to go shopping in Southsea on 25 July 2016 whilst her husband was at home. Mrs Wake received a financial penalty of £630. 

Mrs Diane Richards of Knowlsey Road, Cosham was caught misusing her mother's disabled badge whilst shopping in Cosham on 11 September 2016, prosecuted and given a financial penalty totalling £130. 

Michael Robinson, Parking Manager at Portsmouth City Council said: "Blue Badge abuse is against the law and won't be tolerated in the city - we're dedicated to protecting the integrity of the blue badge scheme." 

Cllr Fleming, Cabinet member for traffic and transport, said: "Our parking investigation team continues to make great strides in tackling the anti-social and fraudulent misuse of Blue Badges. I am determined that those putting disabled people at a disadvantage will be caught and prosecuted."