Outrageous Leniency for Council Parking Official Who Falsified Evidence
At Exeter Crown Court on 25 February, a former official of Exeter City Council, Geoffrey Urwin, pleaded guilty to a charge of wilful misconduct, but was let off with an absolute discharge.
He had forged documents in an attempt to get an illegal parking ticket upheld against an innocent driver, Peter Harry 1
. Urwin had doctored a map presented to a traffic penalty tribunal in an attempt to show that there was a legal parking restriction where Mr Harry had parked, when there was not.
ABD spokesman Nigel Humphries commented,
“It is outrageous that a council official who deliberately set out to penalise an innocent driver by falsifying evidence should be let off with a slap on the wrist. This will send a message to other councils that they can pervert the course of justice with impunity where parking restrictions are concerned. It is essential that the Crown Prosecution Service appeals against the leniency of the sentence in this case.”
NOTES FOR EDITORS
1. Neil Herron's blog
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