Central Bedfordshire Council officers proved they were not asleep on the job when they caught out a Blue Badge fraudster.

As part of an operation tackling Blue Badge fraud on 9 December 2016, officers spotted a car parked in a space reserved for Blue Badge holders in Lake Street, Leighton Buzzard.

Although the Blue Badge on display was valid, when officers checked they found it was registered not to Frank Lynch, the man parked in the space, but his wife.

Mr Lynch, of Watford Way, Hendon, later told officers that he had taken the badge while his wife was sleeping – and this was backed up by her in an interview, claiming she had no knowledge that he was using it.

He confirmed that he is not disabled and had no right to use the Blue Badge personally.

Mr Lynch admitted Blue Badge fraud at Luton Magistrates’ Court yesterday (1 August) and was fined £440, ordered to pay £250 costs and a £44 victim surcharge.

Councillor Richard Wenham, Executive Member for Corporate Resources and Deputy Council Leader, said: “Regardless of Mr Lynch’s reason for using his wife’s Blue Badge and parking where he did, it has cost him dear as he is now more than £700 out of pocket and also has a criminal conviction to boot.

“The rules around Blue Badge use are very clear and if we catch people using them fraudulently then we will take action.”

If you suspect someone of illegally using a Blue Badge you can report it the council by calling 0300 300 8035 or emailing car.badges@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk