WIND­SCREEN SWIPER!

War­den re­moves valid park­ing ticket – so she can slap on a £50 fine

Daily Mail - - Life - By Xan­tha Leatham

DIS­PLAY­ING zeal­ous ad­her­ence to the rules may have given many park­ing war­dens a bad name.

This en­force­ment of­fi­cer ap­pears to have thrown out the rule book al­to­gether.

She was caught on CCTV ap­par­ently re­mov­ing a valid park­ing ticket from a car – so she could is­sue a £50 fine in­stead. Footage shows the of­fi­cial, who has now been sacked, fid­dling with the wind­screen wipers be­fore tak­ing pho­to­graphs of the car and plac­ing a penalty ticket.

Land­lord Kevin Gille­spie has now spo­ken of his anger at re­ceiv­ing a fine. When he parked overnight in a coun­cil car park near his pub in Folke­stone, Kent, he did not ex­pect to run into any trou­ble as it is free to stay there from 6pm un­til 8am. he even de­cided dur­ing the night to pay £3 for a ticket and put it un­der the wind­screen wiper so that the ve­hi­cle could stay un­til 10.30am.

But just af­ter 10am, when he was stood out­side talk­ing to a cus­tomer, he spot­ted a park­ing at­ten­dant check­ing whether the cars had valid tick­ets.

To his sur­prise, he saw the war­den putting a fresh ticket on the ve­hi­cle. When he went to look ten min­utes later he saw he had been given a £50 fine. he checked the pub’s CCTV – and the ‘un­be­liev­able’ footage seems to con­firm his hunch. The land­lord, 58, who has owned the Gille­spies pub for 21 years, told Kent Live: ‘i looked around the car to see if [the £3 ticket] had been blown away.

‘i thought some­one had nicked it. i came back in to look at the CCTV and i was as­ton­ished... They walk up to my car, take the ticket from un­der the wiper and put a ticket un­der it. i am fu­ri­ous.’ Mr Gille­spie met with a mem­ber of Folke­stone and hythe District Coun­cil soon af­ter the in­ci­dent on March 17 and they have now can­celled the fine, which was is­sued by pri­vate firm NSL.

An­other war­den for the coun­cil al­legedly said that this spe­cific at­ten­dant had come from Lon­don to cover shifts.

An NSL spokesman apol­o­gised to Mr Gille­spie, adding that ‘ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion’ was taken and ‘the in­di­vid­ual con­cerned is no longer em­ployed by the company’.

What a fine mess: The of­fi­cer is caught on CCTV ap­par­ently re­plac­ing a ticket with a penalty no­tice

Driven to dis­trac­tion: Kevin Gille­spie had paid for his space

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