Warden injured in ticket assault

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A PARKING warden was assaulted by a man angry over getting a parking ticket.

Blackpool Magistrates’ Court heard Richard King was only minutes late returning to his car – a Mercedes – which was parked in Station Square, Lytham, on August 25.

He spotted the warden sat in his van nearby, and strode over.

He leaned in through the van’s open window and planted the ticket on his dash board, using what the court heard was “robust” language.

The 58-year-old warden tried to get out of the vehicle, and as he did King, a father-of two from Finney Park Drive in Preston, trapped his fingers in the door.

King, 44, pleaded guilty to assault.

Andrew Nottingham, defending, said King released the door as soon as he realised he had injured the victim and conceded it was a reckless act.

He said King had gone into Lytham with friends and timed the return to his car carefully because of his difficulties walking after a hip operation.

Mr Nottingham added: “When he got there he found his was the only car to have got a ticket. He wanted to remonstrate with the warden and did not go to him with purpose of trapping his fingers. He now wishes to apologise to the gentleman concerned.”

King was ordered to pay £600 for a fine, court costs and compensation.

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