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Man who attacked traffic warden in Dagenham given suspended sentence

The attack took place in Goresbrook Road (Credit: Google Maps)

A man has been handed a suspended prison sentence for assaulting a traffic warden in Dagenham.

The Barking and Dagenham resident (who cannot be named for legal reasons) attacked a parking inspector who had given him a fine for parking in a suspended bay in Goresbrook Road.

Police were called following the attack, which took place on 22 November 2020, and immediately arrested the resident.

The victim was supported at the scene before being taken to Queens Hospital for treatment. He missed two weeks of work as a result of his injuries. 

Following a joint investigation between the Metropolitan Police and Barking and Dagenham Council, the case was heard at Barkingside Magistrates Court on 9 July where the man pleaded guilty to common assault and criminal damage.

He was sentenced to nine weeks in prison suspended for 18-months. During the 18-month suspended sentence, he will be required to comply with strict conditions.

Councillor Margaret Mullane, cabinet member for enforcement and community safety, said: “I would like to thank all our officers for their hard work, and also the police for their prompt response and the support offered to the victim.

“Our enforcement officers are there to enforce rules and keep residents safe, they should not be the target of any abuse.

“I want to make it clear that we have a zero-tolerance approach when it comes to the safety and wellbeing of our staff, and we will not hesitate to prosecute anyone who feels they can cross the line.”

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