A penalty charge notice being applied to a car window

Large fine for harassment of parking warden

A motorist who harassed a civil enforcement officer has been fined hundreds of pounds by magistrates after Northumberland County Council took action to send out a clear message that it will not tolerate any form of abuse to its staff. 
 
Darren Liddle, from Highford Gardens in Morpeth has been fined a total of £936 by South East Northumberland Magistrates Court having been convicted of a public order offence and littering. 

Mr Liddle was fined £100 for littering, £660 for the section 5 Public Order Act Offence and ordered to pay £100 costs and a £76 victim surcharge. 
The case was brought to court by Northumberland County Council following an incident of harassment towards a civil enforcement officer that took place last year. 

In August 2019, an enforcement officer from the county council placed a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) on Mr Liddle’s flatbed van when he failed to park it within bay markings in the Newmarket car park in Morpeth. 

After discovering he had been issued with a PCN, Mr Liddle tracked down the officer in another car park, and using harassing and aggressive behaviour and language, which was recorded on the officer’s body worn video cameratore up the parking ticket and threw it to the ground. 

Northumberland County Councillor John Riddle, Cabinet member with responsibility for Public Protection said: 
“We have a zero-tolerance approach to this kind of behaviour and will always press for the strongest possible action where our staff are harassed, confronted, threatened or distressed, for simply doing their job. 
 
" This substantial fine from the magistrates sends out a strong message that this behaviour is unacceptable.  While no one likes to receive a parking ticket the solution is simple - don’t park where you’re not permitted and you won’t be fined. ” 
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