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Council slammed over parking ticket appeal

PUBLISHED: 17:44 01 May 2008 | UPDATED: 11:02 11 August 2010

AN OFFICIAL adjudicator has slammed the council over the deplorable way it handled a parking ticket appeal. Anthony Engel said he had considered referring the case to the police and that behaviour of staff had amounted to misconduct . Mr Engel, who wor

AN OFFICIAL adjudicator has slammed the council over the "deplorable" way it handled a parking ticket appeal.

Anthony Engel said he had considered referring the case to the police and that behaviour of staff had amounted to "misconduct".

Mr Engel, who works for the Parking and Traffic Appeals Service, ordered the authority to pay £181.40 costs to John David, who lodged the appeal.

Mr David's car was given a ticket in Heathway, Dagenham, last July for parking in a restricted bay.

He appealed on the grounds of insufficient signage and poor line markings.

When the case went to appeal Mr Engel was told the car was two metres from a no-parking sign.

But Mr David, of Hatfield Road, Dagenham, produced a photograph which proved it was 20 metres away.

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