Parking fine for woman who pulled over to help stranger in need to be cancelled
- Credit: Nick Butcher
A parking fine issued to a Good Samaritan who pulled over to help an elderly woman following a fall is to be overturned, following a report by this newspaper.
On Friday, October 6, 65-year-old Lynn Attreed pulled into the Winelodge Hotel car park on Bridge Road in Oulton Broad and spent 16 minutes tending to an 82-year-old who had suffered a nasty fall nearby while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.
Around a week later she was issued a £60 parking fine from National Parking Enforcement, the company which monitors the car park on behalf of the hotel.
After explaining what had happened, she initially failed in an appeal, with her fine increased by the company to £100, which claimed no ambulance was to be seen at the time of the incident.
However, after reading about her story in The Journal, the hotel's owner stepped in to have the fine cancelled.
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Danny Steel, whose company Steel and Co is property agent for three businesses served by the car park, said: 'We are in contact with the freeholder of the site - Tony Burlingham - who immediately on seeing the story phoned and asked us to arrange for the notice to be forwarded to him so he can cancel it.
'The car park is privately owned and has a pay and display system in place. The company that runs the car park for Mr Burlingham use CCTV and number plate recognition to manage the site.
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'The system was installed because the car park was full most of the time with people parking and then catching the train to Norwich or visiting businesses on Bridge Road so making it very difficult for customers of the business on the complex to park.'
A statement issued earlier this week by NPE had stated: 'We can confirm that no ambulances entered the car park on the day of this parking charge.
'This was checked against the automatic number plate recognition images of all vehicles entering and exiting the car park before, during and after the period this lady was on site.'
However, a spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Trust confirmed that an ambulance was sent to the address just one minute after Mrs Attreed pulled over.
Mrs Attreed said: 'It is such a relief to have the fine cancelled. I have been inundated with messages since telling my story and would like to thank everybody who supported me. '