Traffic warden found guilty of flouting parking rules

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A Portsmouth traffic warden has been convicted of fraud and lost his job after an investigation revealed that he had been fraudulently using parking permits.

Nicholas Brzezinski had repeatedly displayed visitor permits in his Nissan Primera while working in the LA North parking zone in the Southsea area of the city.

He was caught after an anonymous tip off was received by Portsmouth City Council, which prompted the authority to launch an investigation.

Asked why he had so brazenly flouted the parking rules during a police interview, Brzezinski said: "So I wouldn't get a parking ticket," the Portsmouth News reports.

The 64-year-old admitted four counts of using a device with intent to deceive between November last year and this February. He also pleaded guilty to a single count of possessing an item for use in connection with fraud.

Victoria Putnam, prosecuting, said: "The significant aggravating factor from the council's point of view was the defendant was a fully-trained, experienced civil enforcement officer who undoubtedly used his knowledge to take advantage of the parking restrictions," the Daily Mail stated.

The court heard that Brzezinski had legally obtained the visitor permits and had previously used them as intended. He was ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid community service and also pay £529.70 in costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Despite being due to retire in February next year, Brzezinski was dismissed from his position at the Council – a decision that he is currently appealing against.