Man who assaulted Bedford Borough Enforcement Officer sentenced to community order

Luton Magistrates’ Court

A man who assaulted a Bedford Borough Council Civil Enforcement Officer has been given a community order and fine by Luton Magistrates Court.

At a hearing on 19 August, Biju Miah, 39, of Spenser Road, Bedford, pleaded guilty to assault by beating.

Detective Inspector Matt Inwood from Bedfordshire Police’s Criminal Investigation Department, said: “No one should expect to be abused and assaulted whilst carrying out their duties, and Miah’s behaviour towards this parking enforcement officer was inexcusable.

“We would always look to prosecute in cases such as these, and clamp down on those who feel that that this behaviour is acceptable in any way.”

Miah was sentenced to carry out 80 hours of community service, as well as paying £200 in compensation and £85 in costs to the Crown Prosecution Service.

The assault took place outside a school in April 2021. The Officer had asked Miah to move his vehicle, which was parked in a bus lane near a school on Clapham Road. He refused and left the vehicle in place while taking a child to school.

The Officer was in the process of writing a ticket when she was forcefully pushed to the floor from behind. She attended hospital and has had to take time off work with physical and emotional distress.

The incident was caught on the Officer’s body camera and seen by a witness.

Councillor Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Highways, said: “This was a despicable crime. This man committed a cowardly physical assault on a council officer as she was performing a public duty to keep our roads safe for children on their way to school. She was violently assaulted and required hospital treatment.”

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