A council is warning that the abuse of its enforcement officers will not be tolerated after the offence landed one man in court.
Jamie Burton, 40, of Chapel Street, Oakthorpe, was handed a 12-month community order after he subjected a North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) enforcement officer to a tirade of abuse in Measham.
Burton appeared in Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 18 January to plead guilty to a charge of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour intending to and causing harassment, alarm or distress. He was given a 12-month community order, which includes treatment for alcohol abuse for a period of six months.
The abuse came after the officer issued a penalty charge notice to Burton when he parked on double yellow lines in Chapel Street, Measham, on 12 July 2017.
NWLDC is using this case to highlight its zero tolerance approach to the physical or verbal abuse of its officers. Body cameras are worn by all enforcement officers, and footage can be used as evidence in court where required.
All penalty charge notices can be challenged by driver that feels aggrieved through the correct channels.
Councillor Alison Smith MBE, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for NWLDC, said: “Our enforcement officers perform an important duty and in no way deserve abuse while at work. We’re pleased that this sentence reflects this.
“Those that try to dodge parking fees or park illegally do so at the cost of the taxpayer, and often inconvenience other road users and pedestrians or even put them in danger. Our officers do a good job of reducing the impacts of this.
“If a penalty charge is thought to be unjust there is an appeals route that can be followed.”