A parking ticket led to a pair of Pembroke Dock brothers hurling abuse at a traffic warden.

Shawn Ryan Mardon, aged 23, of London Road, Pembroke Dock, and Ashley Mardon, of Clarence Street, Pembroke Dock, appeared at Haverfordwest magistrates court on Tuesday, May 7.

Both pleaded guilty to using threatening or abusive words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress, in Pembroke on March 19.

Vaughan Pritchard-Jones, prosecuting, said a traffic warden was approached by the brothers at about 12.15pm, after receiving a ticket.

“They were both abusive towards her. One had a parking ticket in his hand and complained he had only been parked in the illegal space for two minutes.”

The traffic warden was subjected to foul and abusive language, and told to ‘get a proper job’.

Mr Pritchard-Jones added: “This went on for some time. Two members of the public intervened and told them to calm down. Eventually they walked off.”

The pair admitted being ‘out of order’ when interviewed, but denied using certain words.

Mike Kelleher, defending both, said: “Both offered their apologies for what happened. Ashley Mardon was angry at the situation, rather than the person involved.”

Mr Kelleher added that Ashley Mardon, 30, had parked his vehicle and trailer for just two minutes when it was spotted by a traffic warden, and was in the process of carrying a washing machine across the road at the time.

“Other vehicles in the vicinity did not receive tickets, that annoyed them because they felt that they had been singled out.

“Some people came up to the Mardons and offered their sympathies for what had happened, because they had only been there for two minutes.”

Mr Kelleher added: “Both accept that that type of behaviour in public is not acceptable, and both apologise.”

Magistrates ordered each brother to pay £155, made up of a fine, costs and a surcharge.

The chairman of the bench said: “While we understand the frustration on your part, this was a person just doing their job.”