Pensioner calls in ‘Mr Loophole’ over parking fine

Pensioner Anne Mayes Tweedy is contesting a council fine after she was forced to park over the bay lines by another car. (S)
Pensioner Anne Mayes Tweedy is contesting a council fine after she was forced to park over the bay lines by another car. (S)

A FURIOUS pensioner from Harrogate is calling on one of the country’s leading lawyers - Mr Loophole - to save her from a parking fine.

Anne Mayes Tweedy has sought the services of celebrity solicitor Nick Freeman to contest a parking penalty she was given in Princes Square last month.

The 77-year-old was fined for parking over the line of the bay - to accommodate an Audi 4x4 which had parked over two spaces.

She had moved further away and into the central reservation to make room for the other car.

“It’s absolute nonsense,” said her son, leading Thalidomide campaigner Guy Tweedy, who challenged the Harrogate Borough Council warden when he saw him ticketing his mother’s Peugeot.

“They could have showed a bit of leniency towards my mother, who is 77-years-old and has a heart condition.”

Mr Tweedy, who had taken a number of photographs to prove his mother’s case, has joined her in writing to the council to ask them to reconsider.

He said: “Despite alerting them to the facts and including the photographs, the council has said it’s sticking to its guns.

“Their reply said the actions of the other vehicle, which had rightly been given a ticket, could not be taken into consideration.

“To quote them ‘it’s like two wrongs don’t make a right’.”

Mrs Tweedy has now consulted famous solicitor Nick Freeman, also known as Mr Loophole for his knack of getting celebrities out of trouble.

“He has given my mother his expert advice and we are now going to fight this in court,” said Mr Tweedy.

“The position of the Audi meant that my mother had to park outside the space. If not, both cars could have been damaged. She did not encroach into another space either.”

Mr Tweedy added: ““Had my mother parked over two spaces, I could understand. But she hadn’t, and it was to accommodate another driver.

“When she’s had tickets in the past, and been in the wrong, she has paid them.

“It’s not about the £35 - it’s about the principle. It’s ridiculous.”