Confused bloke gets parking ticket from town he hasn’t visited in 10 years

A man was left stunned after receiving a parking ticket from a town he hadn't visited in 10 years.

Dean Graham, 59, had parked his car at the Holiday Inn Express near Heathrow Airport before embarking on a two-week trip to Florida with his wife.

When he arrived back home to Lincoln however, he received a parking penalty notice of £100 (£60 if he paid within two weeks) which said he spent an evening at the Oasis Health Club in Grimsby.

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What's bizarre is that the 59-year-old had not visited Grimsby in a decade or so.

Civil Enforcement, the parking firm who run the car park, claimed they had photographic evidence of Dean's vehicle in the car park, but did not send it with the notice.

Grimsby Live proceeded to contact Oasis Health Club and although not their responsibility, they immediately investigated and discovered that the camera had made an error and misread the registration plate, with the fine subsequently being withdrawn as a result.

A very relieved Dean told Grimsby Live: "How they've managed to do this is beyond me.

"I'm lucky because I've got receipts saying my car was at Heathrow at the time but if my car was just sat in the drive at home I would have no way of proving it was there."

A spokesperson from Civil Enforcement said: "Due to an error during the analysis process, one of the characters in the vehicle registration mark was misidentified leading to the parking charge being issued to the incorrect registered keeper.

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"Had the registered keeper of the misidentified vehicle appealed the parking charge upon receipt, using our very simple online appeals portal detailed on the parking charge notice, the error would have been identified and the charge would have been immediately cancelled by our appeals team.

"In any event, we have now cancelled the parking charge and will write to the registered keeper to inform them of this, offering our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

"We accept that on this very rare occasion, we fell short of usual high standards."


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