‘We did nothing wrong’: Couple fined because parking ticket was ‘one centimetre’ from view

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Susan and Kevin Attwell, from the West Midlands, parked their motorhome on Southport’s Promenade earlier in September. The couple said they “love visiting Southport” and were on a day out when the incident occurred.

They said they had parked in the same spot “about 10 times” during their travels to Southport.

Susan said: “We always park there, and we put the ticket on the dashboard.

“We had been out for the day and we came back to a ticket.

“We’ve been sent a photograph of our vehicle, but it’s been taken from a distance so the ticket isn’t visible.

“We’d have had no problem paying the fine if we were in the wrong, but we aren’t.”

Susan says she sent Sefton Council a picture of their ticket on the motorhome’s dashboard.

She also asked the local authority to send them a picture of their dashboard, but says the council was unable to provide one.

According to the Liverpool Echo, part of an email from the council reads: “No valid ticket was visible.

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“Your photograph shows the ticket placed approx. one centimetre under the concertina blind however this is not visible in the officer’s photograph.

“The officers do check the entire vehicle for signs of a ticket and in this instance they have noted no ticket.

“It is my decision not to cancel the notice on these grounds.”

Because of this, the couple said the fine has put them off returning to Southport.

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