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I pulled over to help an injured pensioner - and got a £60 parking fine

PUBLISHED: 07:41 01 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:40 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

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When Lynn Attreed saw an elderly woman collapse on a pavement while driving, she instinctively pulled over and rushed to help.

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 ButcherLynn 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

Her reward for being a Good Samaritan? A £60 parking fine.

And the recently-retired 65-year-old has now had her fine increased to £100 after a month-long battle with National Parking Enforcement Limited (NPE), who issued the ticket.

Mrs Attreed pulled into the car park in Oulton Broad, near Lowestoft, and called an ambulance, staying by her side until the emergency services arrived.

She spent just 16 minutes in the pay and display car park in Bridge Road while treating the 82-year-old casualty.

But the fine arrived on her doorstep a week later.

Mrs Attreed, of St Leonard’s Road, said: “I am incensed. It has me wondering how many other people this type of thing has happened to.

“I do quite a lot in the community and I’m sure most people would be absolutely devastated to be fined this much, particularly when I was just trying to help somebody in need.

“There are plenty of people who can back me up on what happened - from the hairdressers who loaned me a blanket to treat the woman with, to people who were in the shops.”

Mrs Attreed appealed the penalty on the grounds that once the ambulance arrived, it briefly blocked the car park’s exit.

However, her appeal has since been rejected and the fine increased to £100, after the company claimed no ambulance was seen near the car park on 
this date.

A spokesman said: “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.”

The spokesman confirmed Mrs Attreed entered the car park at 11.27am on Friday, October 6, leaving at 11.43am.

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Trust said: “We were called at 11.28am on Friday, October 6, to reports that someone had fallen in Bridge Road in Lowestoft.

“An ambulance crew were sent to the scene to help.”

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