Another 12 able bodied drivers have been prosecuted for taking advantage of Blue Badges they were not entitled to in Bromley.

Fines totalling £6,282 were issued to the defendants for a range of offences which included the use of stolen badges and the display of badges belonging to absent family members.

The latest crackdown takes the total number of offenders prosecuted in the borough this year to more than 60.

Councillor Kate Lymer, Bromley’s Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement said: “We work really hard to protect the Blue Badge scheme for genuine users, so it’s disheartening to see the number of individuals still being prosecuted for this type of abuse.

"In most if not all cases, it seems that no thought has gone into the consequences when the badge has been put on display.

"If the offenders had realised that they would end up with a fine and a criminal record which may have a negative impact on some aspects of their personal lives, I’m sure they would have behaved very differently.”

Seven drivers displayed Blue Badges belonging to family members in their absence; Ms Neisha Bishop of Laburnham Close, High Barnet, Mr Michael Naylor of Lockhurst Street, Lower Clapton, Mr Kamil Ghafoor of Peters Path, Sydenham, Mr Liam McGibbon of Edithna Street, Stockwell, Miss Amanda Osei of Chalfont Road, South Norwood and two drivers from South Croydon and Hornchurch, Essex, who could not be named to protect the identity of a child.

Miss Emma Shubotham of Surrey Lane, Battersea, displayed her friend’s Blue Badge when she was not present.

Four drivers were guilty of failing to provide details of the individual who was driving their vehicle when a suspected Blue Badge misuse incident occurred.

These were; Mr John Henry of Taunton Lane, Coulsdon, Mr Rhys Joseph of Ancona Road, Plumstead, Mr Stephan Stewart of Widmore Road, Bromley, and Ms Pamela Thompson of South Island Place, Kennington.

The misuse incidents associated with the convictions of Mr John Henry and Mr Stephan Stewart involved the display of stolen Blue Badges.