Man jailed for forging a parking permit

The man tried to save £160 by forging a parking permit so he could park outside his own house

Man jailed for forging a parking permit
Mr Rouse was unable to apply for a permit because the Citroen C4 he was driving wasn't registered in his name.

Mark Rouse, a 48-year-old from Wilton Terrace in Southsea, Hampshire has been jailed after a traffic warden spotted the forgery.

Rouse admitted the fraud in court and was jailed for 16 weeks.

Councillor Ken Ellcome, the council’s Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation, said in a statement: “Residents of many streets in Portsmouth value their permits because they mean it’s possible to park near their homes.

“Forging a pass is an attempt to cheat the system and claim a parking space that isn’t yours – stopping other people using it. I hope the sentence will deter other potential fraudsters.”

Rouse moved into a new house in Southsea last year and was given a temporary parking permit that would expire after six weeks but he was unable to apply for a free permit because the Citroen C4 he was driving wasn’t registered in his name.

He could have applied for a visitor’s permit – which would have let him park outside his house for 90p a day.

The news follows a recent report that revealed a postcode parking lottery.

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