A barrister fraudulently used his dead mother's disabled parking permit because he was running late for a court case.

Prithvijit Hoon, 63, displayed the blue badge in his car and parked illegally after failing to find a space near Croydon Crown Court, where he was attending a hearing on April 22.

He told Croydon Magistrates' Court, where he later pleaded guilty to fraud, that he was "said he was "deeply ashamed" of his actions.

Mr Hoon, of Wraysbury, Berkshire, told magistrates by letter that he had expected his stay at Croydon Crown Court to be brief but ended up spending most of the day in court.

He left at 5pm to find his car had been towed from Fairfield Road after a parking warden noticed the permit had expired.

Croydon Council later learned the badge had been issued by Ealing Council to Roma Hoon, Mr Hoon's mother, who died in July last year.

Mr Hoon wrote to magistrates: "I’m deeply ashamed of what I’ve done; it was a moment of aberration." 

He was fined £60 and ordered to pay costs of £325 on November 24.

Another driver was fined the same sums on the same day after she admitted using her disabled nephew's parking permit while at work.

Natasha Notice, 40, of Eresby Drive, Beckenham, had earlier appealed a penalty charge issued to her on February 12.

She initially claimed her nephew had been with her when she parked in Sydenham Road, Croydon, but later admitted to the council's corporate fraud team that she had parked illegally.

Councillor Mark Watson, cabinet member for communities, safety and justice, said: "Once again, selfish motorists have thought they could flout the law by callously abusing a facility designed make life easier for those among us who are not quite so able.

"And, once again, they’ve learned to the cost of their wallet and, more importantly, their reputation, that Croydon is not the place to attempt this anti-social crime. Like others before them, they’ve been caught and made to pay the price."