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Chadwell Heath man given parking ticket while feeding the homeless loses appeal

PUBLISHED: 09:35 04 June 2018 | UPDATED: 14:08 04 June 2018

Munir Aslam was fined by Redbridge Council with a parking ticket after he got out of his car to give food and drink to homeless people. Pic: Ken Mears

Munir Aslam was fined by Redbridge Council with a parking ticket after he got out of his car to give food and drink to homeless people. Pic: Ken Mears

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A Chadwell Heath man has dubbed Redbridge Council ‘heartless’ for refusing to cancel a parking ticket issued to him as he bought food for rough sleepers on Christmas Eve.

Munir Aslam, of Saville Road, received the £55 fine as he spent £75 on food and drink at Tesco Express in Ilford on December 24 last year.

Time-stamped photos seen by the Post show Munir handing the gifts out to a group of people sleeping rough less than 15 minutes later. “I saw people homeless and it really made my heart melt,” said the 41-year-old.

“I thought, ‘this is Christmas - I’ll try and do something for them’.”

“Everyone deserves a little bit of happiness over Christmas.

“The least I can do is buy them some food.”

Sausage rolls, sandwiches and some bottles of Bucks Fizz were among the items Munir bought for the six rough sleepers.

He estimates he was parked up for only five minutes when a traffic warden came out and issued him a ticket for having two wheels on the pavement.

“Tesco was quite busy, hence me having to park how I did,” Munir explained.

“It was a case of me and my wife running in a grabbing a lot of stuff as fast as we could.”

Munir sent the council a statement appealing the ticket.

But received a letter from the council rejecting his appeal on May 18.

It stated that “your notice indicates that you were parked with one or more wheels on the footway; therefore your penalty charge notice was issued correctly and must remain valid”.

Munir has now paid the parking fine.

“I didn’t want it to spiral out of control,” he said, adding: “I feel they are absolutely heartless the council.”

Redbridge Council were not immediately available for comment.

Following publication, council leader Jas Athwal said: “We are committed to ending street homelessness and applaud Mr Aslam’s good intentions to help this group of rough sleepers.

“After personally reviewing the case I am pleased to say that the parking ticket will be cancelled and a refund given to Mr Aslam.”


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