Top "middle-class" crime searches:
- Contest a parking ticket
- Speed camera maps
- Parking ticket fines
- Fighting speeding tickets
- Speed camera
- Mobile speed trap
- Litter fines
- Traffic offence
- Parking on single yellow lines
- Bus lane fines
But the fines don't stop at driving. The Mail reports that in November, 26-year-old Vanessa Kelly was handed a £75 for feeding the birds "outside the designated feeding areas" in Smethwick, West Midlands – hardly the actions of a hard-nosed criminal.
Last year, councils racked up some serious cash from these "crimes" - £330 million in parking fines, £100 million from speeding tickets and £12 million from spot fines such as littering and over-filling a dustbin. Now the general public is losing confidence in the police and a report last year revealed that the middle-classes feel they are being criminalised.
Last month, it was revealed that the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme has given 1,667 parking wardens, dog wardens and shopping centre guards the power to hand out on-the-spot fines for littering, dog fouling and vandalism. Another 478 have been given the power to stop vehicles in order to check for a valid tax disc.
The question is when will we, the public, see the benefits of all this extra revenue?