Search

Parking fine for woman who pulled over to help stranger in need to be cancelled

PUBLISHED: 12:20 01 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:59 01 December 2017

Lynn Attreed is fighting a car parking fine in Oulton Broad, after she pulled over to help an elderly woman who had suffered a nasty fall.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Lynn Attreed is fighting a car parking fine in Oulton Broad, after she pulled over to help an elderly woman who had suffered a nasty fall. Picture: Nick Butcher

Archant © 2017

A parking fine issued to a Good Samaritan who pulled over to help an elderly woman following a fall is to be overturned, following a report by this newspaper.

On Friday, October 6, 65-year-old Lynn Attreed pulled into the Winelodge Hotel car park on Bridge Road in Oulton Broad and spent 16 minutes tending to an 82-year-old who had suffered a nasty fall nearby while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

Around a week later she was issued a £60 parking fine from National Parking Enforcement, the company which monitors the car park on behalf of the hotel.

After explaining what had happened, she initially failed in an appeal, with her fine increased by the company to £100, which claimed no ambulance was to be seen at the time of the incident.

However, after reading about her story in The Journal, the hotel’s owner stepped in to have the fine cancelled.

Danny Steel, whose company Steel and Co is property agent for three businesses served by the car park, said: “We are in contact with the freeholder of the site - Tony Burlingham - who immediately on seeing the story phoned and asked us to arrange for the notice to be forwarded to him so he can cancel it.

“The car park is privately owned and has a pay and display system in place. The company that runs the car park for Mr Burlingham use CCTV and number plate recognition to manage the site.

“The system was installed because the car park was full most of the time with people parking and then catching the train to Norwich or visiting businesses on Bridge Road so making it very difficult for customers of the business on the complex to park.”

A statement issued earlier this week by NPE had stated: “We can confirm that no ambulances entered the car park on the day of this parking charge.

“This was checked against the automatic number plate recognition images of all vehicles entering and exiting the car park before, during and after the period this lady was on site.”

However, a spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Trust confirmed that an ambulance was sent to the address just one minute after Mrs Attreed pulled over.

Mrs Attreed said: “It is such a relief to have the fine cancelled. I have been inundated with messages since telling my story and would like to thank everybody who supported me. ”

Related articles

Other news

48 minutes ago

New mental health beds for children and young people are set to open in the region after a review found current services were not enough.

17:42

Work to create a new 1,000-acre wildlife wonderland near Lowestoft will get under way at the end of this year following a £4m grant.

One of the region’s finest stately homes is hosting an exhibition that celebrates the region’s most charming scenery.

16:02

Regular music sessions will take centre stage in Lowestoft thanks to National Lottery funding.

Most Read

Witnesses to a theft in Lowestoft which saw four iPhones stolen are being urged to come forward.

Read more
Lowestoft police

The newly refurbished McDonald’s in Pakefield is due to reopen tomorrow after an “exciting transformation”.

Read more
Facebook

A wildlife trust’s visionary plan to create a vast new nature reserve on the fringes of Lowestoft is to go-ahead thanks to a grant of more than £4m, it is revealed today.

Read more
Heritage Lottery Fund
Yesterday, 17:35

Hundreds of Scouts, Cubs, Beavers and their leaders have proudly put their best foot forward to celebrate their patron saint St George.

Read more
Peter Aldous
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Horn Hill in Lowestoft was the worst street for reported crime in the whole of Waveney in the last year.

Read more
Suffolk Police

Later in Life

cover

Click here to view
the Later in Life
supplement

View

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 11°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Lowestoft Journal
e-edition today

Subscribe

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter