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Spalding motorist wins fight to overturn £70 parking fine after mistakenly accused of leaving his vehicle in a town car park for nearly 21 hours




A private tutor from Spalding is warning people not to ignore parking tickets after he was wrongly fined for allegedly spending nearly 21 hours in a town car park.

John Walker (60), of Wygate Meadows, accused car park management firm ParkingEye Ltd of a “big brother approach” in sending him a £70 parking charge notice.

ParkingEye claimed Mr Walker had left his Suzuki vehicle in Aldi’s Winsover Road car park from Friday, January 18, at 4.08pm until 12.57pm the next day.

FAULTY FINE: John Walker with his statement of defence at the Aldi car park in Spalding. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-290119-063TW.
FAULTY FINE: John Walker with his statement of defence at the Aldi car park in Spalding. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-290119-063TW.

Mr Walker said: “On the Friday, I took someone from Spalding to King’s Lynn and on our way back home, he stopped off to get some supplies.

“My vehicle was in the car park for about 20 minutes on the Friday and I definitely took my passenger home, as my neighbours can verify.

“I then went back to shop at Aldi on the Saturday, it’s where I do my shopping every weekend, and we were parked there for about two hours. The car park camera took down when I arrived on the Friday and when I left on the Saturday.

FAULTY FINE: John Walker with his statement of defence at the Aldi car park in Spalding. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-290119-060TW.
FAULTY FINE: John Walker with his statement of defence at the Aldi car park in Spalding. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-290119-060TW.

“But nothing was taken down for when I left on the Friday and then arrived on the Saturday,”

Mr Walker described the parking fine as “outrageous” and he contacted both Aldi and ParkingEye to overturn it.

He said: “I was told that Aldi had a policy in the past where they could quash parking charge notices.

“I don’t like the big brother approach by ParkingEye because when I’ve had parking fines, I’ve paid them.

FAULTY FINE: John Walker with his statement of defence at the Aldi car park in Spalding. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-290119-059TW.
FAULTY FINE: John Walker with his statement of defence at the Aldi car park in Spalding. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-290119-059TW.

“But when I’m not guilty, it’s outrageous.”

Mr Walker has warned people not to “put their head in the sand” and ignore fines.

He said: “If you’re not sure, seek legal advice.”

An Aldi spokesman said: “The ticket was issued in error by the car park operator and we have cancelled it.

“We apologise to Mr Walker for any inconvenience caused.”



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