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Mum Issued 'Britain's Harshest Parking Ticket' For Being Inches Over Line

Mum Issued 'Britain's Harshest Parking Ticket' For Being Inches Over Line

A mum has claimed she's been given 'Britain's harshest parking ticket' after she received a fine for turning her car wheels about an inch over the white lines of a parking bay.

You have to admit, it looks a bit unfortunate, but Rebecca Edge still managed to get a £50 ($65) fine from Torbay Council.

The whole body of her car is in the bay, and if she'd have straightened her wheels we wouldn't be talking about it, but when the teaching assistant from Teignmouth in Devon returned to her car, she had a Fixed Penalty Notice stuck on the front of it.

Naturally, she took a load of pictures of it, then shared them to Facebook, calling the decision to fine her 'crazy' and some have called it 'the harshest parking ticket ever'.

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Yeah, it's pretty close. Credit: SWNS
Yeah, it's pretty close. Credit: SWNS

The 35-year-old explained: "It is tricky to park there and the wheel has gone just about an inch over the line. If you get down on the floor then one edge of the tyre is slightly over, but the entire body of the car is within the bay.

"It just seems so ridiculous and very petty. It feels incredibly unfair."

The mum-of-four was out with her children and partner Karl Linnell in Cockington when she was issued the fine at around 2.15pm on Sunday 16 August.

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She continued: "We went to Cockington for a walk with our twins and parked in the main car park right in the village.

"We managed to squeeze into a corner. When we got back we could not work out why we had got the ticket. We thought it must have been a mistake.

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"I opened it up and read through and it is said we had not been within the parked bays. I looked around and could not believe it."

Rebecca Edge and her family. Credit: SWNS
Rebecca Edge and her family. Credit: SWNS
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Rebecca reckons the ticket must have been issued minutes after they arrived at the car park, and has since appealed the decision, but Torbay Council have yet to respond to her.

She added: "We were going to go on and have a pub lunch but decided not to and went home. We have now contested it and are waiting for the outcome.

"It's an expensive ticket and when we shared it on Facebook other people were shocked and said we needed to fight it.

Torbay Council has yet to respond to Rebecca's appeal. Credit: SWNS
Torbay Council has yet to respond to Rebecca's appeal. Credit: SWNS
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"I would like to find the warden and ask what was going through their mind. Did they genuinely think it was a fair ticket to issue.

"If one of our wheels was entirely over the line then I could understand it, but this was only about an inch. It is really, really petty."

A Torbay Council spokesperson said: "When we receive a challenge to a penalty charge notice we need to investigate it fully, and therefore it would not be appropriate for us to comment further on the case at this stage."

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Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a LADbible journalist and Twin Peaks enthusiast. Despite having a career in football cut short by a chronic lack of talent, he managed to obtain degrees from both the University of London and Salford. According to his French teacher, at the weekends he mostly likes to play football and go to the park with his brother. Contact Tom on [email protected]