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Driving ban for man who attacked and abused female traffic warden in Bishop’s Stortford

A man who attacked a female traffic warden in Bishop’s Stortford has been banned from driving for three months.

Jamaal Abid Warsame, 48, of Church Road in Willesden, north-west London, was charged with two offences in the town that happened two months apart in 2020.

He denied assault by beating on July 22 that year and also using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress on September 22.

APCOA team
APCOA team

However, he was found guilty at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court on December 19 last year. He was ordered to pay £400 compensation and disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence for three months for the assault charge and was ordered to pay £200 compensation for the second. He was also ordered to pay £200 costs.

The civil enforcement officer (CEO), an employee of parking management company APCOA, was working for East Herts Council at the time of the incidents.

A council spokesperson said: “The female APCOA CEO in question is well known in the local area and very well liked by members of the community, whom she interacts with on a regular basis, offering local information, advice on parking and a reassuring presence.

“Both APCOA and East Herts Council take a zero tolerance approach to abuse of employees and will always support the police to bring prosecutions wherever possible, including recorded footage of incidents from CEO body-worn cameras.”

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