Driver fined £200 after calling French traffic warden ‘immigrant’ in parking row

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Lee Parker, 55, called the warden an “immigrant” and told her to “shut up and move on” after being told he couldn’t park in a loading bay. Parker pleaded guilty to racial or religious harassment after hurling abuse towards Melissa Marques in Worcester.

Ms Marques told Parker, who had been out shopping with his wife at the time, that he cannot park in a loading bay.

Parker reacted by telling Ms Marques to “shut up and move on” before driving around the corner and parking on double yellow lines instead.

But Ms Marques followed Parker before telling him to move again.

Parker then became enraged and said: “Who are you talking to?

“You’re an immigrant. Where are you from you immigrant?

“Get out of the country.”

A member of the public attempted to intervene during the incident on July 7 last year, but Parker then insulted them with a homophobic slur.

Parker also told him: “You’re lucky there are people about,” before driving off.

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On Thursday, Parker admitted to racially or religiously aggravated intentional harassment during a hearing at Worcester Magistrates Court.

Eleanor Peart, prosecuting, told the court: “This matter is a hate crime.

“The officer had asked Mr Parker to move the vehicle and he was immediately rude to her, telling her to “shut up and move on” before he parked around the corner on double yellow lines, followed by the officer.”

Ms Peart also told the court how Parker abused a police officer during the incident.

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