A WOMAN was left furious after being accused of staying in a car park for 21 hours before being hit with a £60 fine.
Ann Blower, 51, was issued the fine after a camera blindspot allegedly failed to notice her leaving Wolstanton retail park.
The motorist received the fine in the post claiming she had left her vehicle at the Wolstanton retail park car park for more than 21 hours, reports Stoke on Trent Live.
Ann claims that the cameras did not catch her leaving the car park on Sunday, February 6 or even entering the following day on February 7.
The retail worker said: "“I was on my way to pick my daughter up from her dad’s in Talke.
"With the way the roadworks are at the moment I chose to go to the Asda petrol station at Wolstanton before I fetched her because I couldn't go on the way back.
"I turned up at the entrance where the petrol station is.
“When you exit the petrol station by the coffee shop, you can’t drive onto the car park through there so I don’t think there’s any cameras. So if anybody went through the coffee shop or the petrol station they wouldn’t be seen leaving.
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“On Monday (February 7) I went to Asda Wolstanton around 2.30pm. I went a little bit further to the entrance between Asda and B&M.
“The second picture on the fine letter shows me leaving at 2.58pm which is correct. But why did it not pick me up when I entered the car park?
“They caught me entering on Sunday and leaving on Monday. They say I’ve been there for 21 hours, 41 minutes.”
Ann is adamant she won’t be paying the fine and wants it completely revoked.
She added: “I was completely shocked and it did knock me a bit as well. Then I thought how ridiculous it was, how can you spend over 21 hours in a car park from a Sunday evening when shops are shut.
“It made me feel sick. They haven’t got the full facts. Why am I not seen entering on Monday? I’m annoyed.
“I rang the number to appeal but when you finally get through and you press for appeals it says you can’t on the phone and you have to go on the website. I did get on it eventually and did fill the appeal in."
Ann also criticised the lengthy process to contest a fine, believing the long waiting period is unnecessarily drawn out.
“I had an email saying the charges will be put on hold until my appeal is looked at and they will reply within 35 days.
“It makes me think they are trying to draw it out so they can get away with it and force me to pay. It seems like a long time to wait to pay a fine.
“I will definitely not be paying the fine because I know I wasn’t there for that long. They need to revoke the fine because I know it’s not right.”
The parking space is run by UK Parking Control Ltd (UKPC) who cover over 1,700 sites across England, Wales and Scotland.
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