Thefts of parking permits for disabled motorists have quadrupled in the past four years, figures show.

Some 2,921 blue badges were reported stolen in England in 2016-17, compared with 656 in 2012-13, according to the Department for Transport (DfT).

The latest annual figure represents a year-on-year rise of 14%. Around 2.4 million disabled people in England have a blue badge.

The badges allow holders to park free of charge in pay and display bays and for up to three hours on yellow lines, while in London they exempt holders from having to pay the congestion charge. MORE