It was claimed that the 32-year-old actress, who used to star in Byker Grove, saved avoided £5,650 worth of charges by applying for a £110 pass in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea while she was living in Westminster.

Prosecuting lawyer Adrian Chaplin said Air failed to declare she already had a permit from Westminster council when she applied for a second one in January.

Fraud investivator, Nicholas Day said he had written to both of Air’s addresses asking her to return the extra permit, but she hadn’t replied.

Air, who has properties in Pimlico and Holland Park, said home help she sometimes hires had filled in the parking permit form and that she had not read the terms and conditions.

The single mother to an eight-year-old daughter wept in the dock as she described how she was left with two broken legs after a car accident early last year.

The Geordie actress suffered multiple fractures and spent over three months in a wheelchair, which meant that she spent over £2,000 on minicab bills to get around.

Air said she had just started driving at the time after her injuries and did not realise she should have returned the second Kensington parking permit.