Stoke-on-Trent City Council today welcomed the 20-month prison sentence of a man who viciously attacked a traffic warden over a £35 parking ticket.
The council employee was verbally and physically assaulted by Grant Saville on The Strand, Longton, after he gave him a penalty charge notice (PCN) for parking in a disabled bay without a Blue Badge on the street last August.
The parking warden’s bodycam footage, which was shown at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court yesterday, showed Saville returning to his car and repeatedly swearing at, and threatening violence towards, the parking warden during the incident, which was witnessed by several passers-by.
When the parking warden tripped over and fell to the floor in trying to escape the situation and get back to his work van, Saville kicked him in the head – knocking out three of his teeth and leaving him requiring hospital treatment and ongoing dental care.
Saville, aged 27, of Weston Road, Weston Coyney, was sentenced to 20 months in prison after admitting assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Welcoming the sentence, Cllr Ann James, leader of the city council, said: “It is completely unacceptable that a person who was just trying to do their job should have to face intimidation, abuse and violence. This thuggish act was an appalling incident that was triggered by a motorist, without a permit, parking in a clearly identified disabled bay. A selfish and arrogant decision that showed a complete disregard for disabled people who rely on these spaces to go about their lives.
“I must praise and thank the members of the public, and staff at local businesses, who intervened and came to our employee’s aid, and turned up at court prepared to give evidence. Their courage shows the true spirit of people in our city.”
City director David Sidaway said: “We have a zero-tolerance policy towards abuse and will not tolerate any type of assault against our staff. The sentence that has been passed by the court sends out a very strong message about this totally unacceptable behaviour.
“This shocking episode was captured on the parking warden’s body camera, which all our civil enforcement officers wear for their personal safety. The footage was played out in court to the judge and helped to bring about a successful prosecution. I welcome the sentence that has been issued in this case and the council will continue to support the employee with his recovery from the attack.”
In sentencing Saville, Judge Paul Glenn said: “What you did was in broad daylight and captured to a large extent on the man’s body camera. You attacked him in the centre of Longton and left him with a number of injuries, the most significant and serious of which were to his mouth. While he was grounded and defenceless on the floor, you kicked him in the head and then left the scene.
“This is a man who was working as a civil enforcement officer and was simply doing his job by giving you a parking ticket for parking your car quite clearly in a disabled bay. If you had behaved like a normal human being you would have had a £35 penalty, but you became aggressive and threatening despite being told to leave it.”
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