A WAR hero who lost an arm and leg in Afghanistan has been told he cannot have a blue badge as he is not disabled enough.
Ex-Royal Marine Ben McBean had his parking permit revoked by council chiefs after they saw him running a marathon — on his prosthetic leg.
The dad of two, who won a Sun Millie award for overcoming adversity, was flown home from Helmand province with Prince Harry in 2008 after suffering landmine injuries.
Harry later called Ben a “real hero” — but jobsworth staff at Plymouth Council cancelled his parking permit in 2009 and have repeatedly refused to reinstate it.
Ben, 33, says he has reapplied at least four more times in the last ten years, but each application was refused.
In a message on Twitter, he said: “Lost two limbs in Afghan ’08. Ran the London marathon in ’09. 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.”
The tweet was shared hundreds of times and Ben, who has a two-week-old baby, said he has been overwhelmed by public support.
He added: “I was having a phantom pain-riddled couple of days and it can cause flashbacks, so I don’t sleep.
“Tired, I posted just one of the many annoying things I experience. I will apply again.”
Veterans minister Johnny Mercer, who is Ben’s local MP, has pledged to try to help.
Former commando Ben suffered the horrific injuries aged 20 when he stepped on a mine in February 2008.
Plymouth Council insisted it was “happy to help” the war vet. A spokesman said: “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.”
Ben has backed The Sun’s campaign to save the Poppy Appeal after telling how the Royal British Legion helped him when he was discharged from hospital.
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