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Disabled woman in parking ticket fight

PUBLISHED: 15:30 21 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:33 03 March 2010

A SEVERELY disabled woman is set to take on the authorities after she received a parking ticket - in a space she claims she is allowed to park in.

Karen Cook, who suffers with major mobility and neurological problems, received the ticket in June when she parked in Upper Brook Street, Ipswich.

A SEVERELY disabled woman is set to take on the authorities after she received a parking ticket – in a space she claims she is allowed to park in.

Karen Cook, who suffers with major mobility and neurological problems, received the ticket in June when she parked in Upper Brook Street, Ipswich.

She claims that her Disabled European Blue Badge – the Orange Badge replacement – enables her to park in any space designated as a disabled parking area.

However, when she parked outside the Stationery Box shop, which has a disabled space adjoining it, she was clapped with £30 parking fine.

Despite pleading her case to the traffic warden, she was told that she must apply to the police to have the fine overturned.

With the help of a police constable who was nearby at the time, she has written countless letters – all of which have come to nothing.

Now Mrs Cook could face a court date in which she may be ordered to cough up the cash.

"I have done everything I can because I know I am in the right," she said. "They claim that where I parked is a loading bay and that I was causing an obstruction but that it not true.

"With all the troubles that I have I really don't need this. I have had to go down to the police station a number of times. I have provided them with receipts to show where I was when my car was parked but nothing has come of it."

Mrs Cook took a photograph of where her car was parked, at the time of the incident, and also given that to the police. But they still maintain that it was parked illegally.

"I see my badge as a privilege, not a right," said Mrs Cook. "I only went in to Stationery Box to get some things for my son and save pennies, but now it looks as though I will have to pay £30.

"At the end of the day I will have to pay because of the weight of authority. But it is very unfair."

Ipswich Police spokeswoman Lisa Wilson said: "The person involved has the right to take this matter to court. It would be inappropriate for us to comment any further."

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