Driver's anger over parking ticket

HADLEIGH: An angry plumber today claimed he was “stitched-up” by traffic wardens who gave him a parking ticket despite having a permit displayed in his van.

HADLEIGH: An angry plumber today claimed he was “stitched-up” by traffic wardens who gave him a parking ticket despite having a permit displayed in his van.

Mark Jochan, from Hadleigh, says a warden took a photo of his van's front window but missed out the permit he had on display.

He now plans to take Ipswich Borough Council to a tribunal over the ticket which he received while carrying out a job on a home in Wilberforce Street in Ipswich on October 13.

Mr Jochan, 35, who works for Water Works Plumbing and Heating, said: “I've been totally stitched-up.

“When a neighbour told me I had got a parking ticket I simply didn't believe him.

“I'd been working in Wilberforce Street for a few days - displaying the home owner's permit - and hadn't had any problems whatsoever.

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“When I got the ticket I was fuming and nobody (at the council) seems to want to believe me - they think I put the permit on after the photo was taken.

“I've seen the warden's photo and 99 per cent of the van's window is shown - apart from the bit where the permit was placed - there is no way he could have missed it.”

Mr Jochan says he has witnesses who saw the warden place the ticket while the permit was on display.

He plans to get them to draw up a statement to use as evidence if his case ends up going to court.

Mr Jochan added: “They say that people have been parking in Wilberforce Street without permits and getting away with it.

“If that is the case it just rubs salt in the wounds.”

A spokesperson for Ipswich Borough Council said: “Mr Jochan's case is going through our appeals process and we are unable to comment further.”

Have you fallen victim in similar fashion? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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