War hero who lost two limbs claims he was deemed ‘not disabled enough’ for blue badge

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A double amputee ex-Royal Marine who served in Afghanistan claims he had his parking permit taken away after council bosses decided he is not disabled enough.

Ben McBean took part in a marathon, despite missing an arm and a leg, which he claims then led his local authority to deem him not in need of a blue badge – and he says they have not reinstated it in the 11 years since.

Plymouth Council insists it would be happy to help Ben, but needs him to provide more documentation.

The dad-of-two was flown back to Britain from Helmand province in 2008 after being severely injured in a landmine explosion when he was just 20.

Army veteran Prince Harry – who himself undertook two tours of Afghanistan – described Ben as a “real hero” and flew back from the Far East alongside the Marine after he was injured.

Ben, 33 – who has just welcomed a baby – claims he has applied multiple times to Plymouth Council after it revoked his permit in 2009, but has had no luck.

Writing on Twitter, he said he ran the London Marathon 11 years ago, months after losing two limbs.

“Council took my disability badge off me because I ran.

“Thirteen years later I’m in the same boat. Frustrating now as sometimes, even though I hate to admit it, I could use it here and there just to help me out a bit,” he continued.

After posting the tweet, Ben saw it shared hundreds of times before explaining he’d done it in a moment of frustration, adding it is “just one of the many annoying things I experience”.

He said the tweet was the result of a “phantom pain-riddled couple of days” which had caused flashbacks and an inability to sleep.

But the continual knock backs haven’t deterred the war hero who says he will apply again.

Ben’s local MP, veterans minister Johnny Mercer, has promised to help his constituent.

A Plymouth Council spokesperson told The Sun: “When we last spoke to him, we asked him to provide some documents that we need in order to issue a blue badge.

“When we didn’t hear back from him, we closed his ­permit application.

“If Mr McBean would like to get back in touch with us, we are more than happy to help.”