A Kingston University student who used a disabled relative's blue badge to park illegally has been order to pay almost £300.

Abullah Seyed, 23, admitted misusing the badge when he appeared at Lavender Hill Magistrates' Court last week.

Seyed was caught last November when his car was seen parked in Grove Crescent, Kingston, displaying a blue badge issued by Southampton City Council.

Enquiries by both Kingston and Southampton authorities found the badge had been issued to a family member of Seyed's who lived 70 miles away in the Hampshire city.

Seyed was fined £75 and ordered to pay £200 costs plus a £20 victim surcharge.

Councillor David Cunningham, cabinet member for environment and transport, said: "Misuse of badges deprives disabled people of parking spaces they need.

"We take a dim view of people who try to cheat the system and avoid paying to park, thus depriving borough residents of vital income.”