Man in court after assaulting Harborough district parking officer

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A man who attacked a Harborough District Council-employed parking officer has appeared in court.

Paul Royle (aged 50) of Buttermere Close, Melton Mowbray, pleaded guilty to assault by beating after grabbing a Harborough District Council parking officer in a car park in February.

Royle had parked in a disabled bay in Melton Mowbray, despite having no disabled badge on display. When spoken to by the parking officer, Royle became verbally abusive and grabbed the victim.

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Royle appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court and was given a conditional discharge for six months and ordered to pay £85 costs with a further £20 Victim First surcharge.

Councillor Jonathan Bateman, Harborough District Council’s portfolio holder for regulatory services said: “This sends out a strong message that we will not tolerate any verbal or physical attack on our employees.

"Our officer was simply carrying out their duty as a council employee and I am pleased this case has resulted in a successful prosecution.”