Prince Harry's Royal Marine amputee friend Ben McBean gets his blue parking ... trends now

Prince Harry's Royal Marine amputee friend Ben McBean gets his blue parking ... trends now
Prince Harry's Royal Marine amputee friend Ben McBean gets his blue parking ... trends now

Prince Harry's Royal Marine amputee friend Ben McBean gets his blue parking ... trends now

Prince Harry's Royal Marine amputee friend has finally been given his blue parking after the council made a U-turn.

Ben McBean, 36, from Plymouth, was hit by a landmine blast in Helmand Province in 2008 at the age of just 20.

The father-of-two was initially handed a blue badge after returning to the UK before council bosses revoked it after seeing him use a prosthetic blade to run the London marathon in aid of Help For Heroes.

Thirteen years later, former Veterans Minister Johnny Mercer intervened and helped Mr McBean get the badge back - only for his renewal application to now be denied.

But now Plymouth City Council has made a U-turn and has renewed his blue badge.

Former Royal Marine Ben (left) shares a joke with Prince Harry (right) in 2017

Former Royal Marine Ben (left) shares a joke with Prince Harry (right) in 2017

Ben and the Duke of Sussex struck up a close friendship after flying home from Afghanistan They met at HM Naval Base Devonport, Plymouth, where the prince launched an adventure training expedition to the base of Mount Everest for injured service personnel

Ben and the Duke of Sussex struck up a close friendship after flying home from Afghanistan They met at HM Naval Base Devonport, Plymouth, where the prince launched an adventure training expedition to the base of Mount Everest for injured service personnel

He praised Johnny Mercer, the Veterans Affairs Minister and a local MP, for his help

He praised Johnny Mercer, the Veterans Affairs Minister and a local MP, for his help

The veteran, currently recovering from a broken ankle, said he was 'grateful'.

He praised Johnny Mercer, the Veterans Affairs Minister and a local MP, for his help. 

Posting on X, he said: 'Thanks again to Johnny Mercer I'm lucky as I could have a quick chat and it's sorted just like that. Brilliant.'

He said: 'He left me a voicemail and a text and said he would get it sorted as he knows what it means to me,' he told The Sun.

'It needs to be done on common sense grounds and made less about box ticking, where the person who approves you doesn't even see your face.'

When he was still fighting to get his badge renewed, he explained to TalkTV: 'It's weird, when I first got one back in 2008 when I was injured I was just given one.

'When I ran the London Marathon a year later for Help for Heroes they took it off me because I had proved I could run, basically.

'So I didn't have one for 13 years and then Johnny Mercer luckily stepped in and got me my badge back. That lasted two or three years and then the date ran out.

'I've just tried to renew it and today I got an email saying it was unsuccessful.'

He added online that he did not 'meet the criteria' in terms of his Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Johnny Mercer, helped Mr McBean

Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Johnny Mercer, helped Mr McBean

Ben McBean (pictured running the London Marathon in 2009) lost an arm and a leg when he was blown up by a landmine in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in 2008

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