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Elderly pensioner issued £110 parking ticket after thieves steal Blue Badge permit

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Ollie Silva, 71, said he had done everything he could to avoid a parking fine from the council after his vehicle was damaged by thugs near Brent, London. The Blue Badge allows Mr Silva to park his vehicle just outside his house on a busy road due to a heart condition.

However, despite losing the badge he kept his car outside his home anyway to keep an eye on it.

He explained his damaged vehicle was only covered by a bin bag due to the damage which had left it in a “vulnerable” condition.

He said: “The whole thing is ludicrous. It’s clear that the car was broken into. And the council doesn’t have anything in place to manage things like this.

“It’s one thing after another. You have to pay to get the window fixed and then they ask you to pay for a parking ticket.

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Ollie said he has since had to purchase a short-term permit on his street as he waits for a replacement badge.

This allows him to stop outside his house for the time being and avoid being issued further penalties.

Mr Silva’s daughter, Donna Luiz, was also angered by the parking charge.

She has vowed to appeal the penalty charge and explained she was “angry” at how the council had dealt with the situation.

The Metropolitan Police said no suspects were identified when investigating the car break-in.

Brent Council have agreed to cancel the penalty after reviewing all the evidence in the case.

In a statment to Express.co.uk, a spokesperson for the council said: “The Blue Badge scheme is national, and the council is subject to the rules, as are motorists.

“We have an appeal process for exactly these sorts of situations.

“Mr Silva had not made a formal appeal against the PCN when MyLondon contacted the council.

“As soon as we were made aware of the theft reported to the Police, the PCN was immediately cancelled.

“We will also be refunding Mr Silva for the cost of the short-term permit he has purchased.”

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