Rugby traffic warden assaulted after issuing lorry driver with a ticket

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A lorry driver has been fined £375 for assaulting a Rugby Borough Council parking warden after receiving a ticket for parking in a disabled space.

Roger Ainsley, of Cargill Close, Longford, Coventry, appeared at Nuneaton Magistrates Court on Tuesday where he pleaded guilty to assault.

The court heard a Civil Enforcement Officer from Rugby Borough Council was on patrol with a colleague in Nuneaton town centre shortly before 1pm on Friday January 25 when he spotted a lorry cab parked in a disabled space in Coton Road.

He issued a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) and put it on the lorry cab’s windscreen but, moments later, he was approached by an angry Ainsley in Dugdale Street.

Holding the notice, Ainsley asked the officers: “Which one of you idiots gave me this?” - before explaining he had parked the lorry cab while visiting a nearby bank.

When he was told he had parked in a disabled space, Ainsley thrust the notice towards one of the officers, pushing him and knocking him off balance.

Ainsley then swore at the officer before walking away.

In court, the 55-year-old pleaded guilty to assault and was fined £375. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £38 victim surcharge.

Speaking after the case, Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for economy, development and culture, said: “Our Civil Enforcement Officers carry out an important role in our communities and should be able to work without fear of violence or intimidation.

“We operate a zero-tolerance policy towards such behaviour and the result of this case shows the courts share our view.”