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Fixed penalty fury for Ipswich motorist

PUBLISHED: 10:58 28 December 2001 | UPDATED: 15:22 03 March 2010

AN IPSWICH mother was left fuming after police fined a family friend £30 just for leaving a car unattended and running outside her house.

Annette Fosker of Romney Road, Ipswich said the long arm of the law should be reaching out to "more serious problems", especially in an area notorious for high levels of car crime and marauding teenagers.

AN IPSWICH mother was left fuming after police fined a family friend £30 just for leaving a car unattended and running outside her house.

Annette Fosker of Romney Road, Ipswich said the long arm of the law should be reaching out to "more serious problems", especially in an area notorious for high levels of car crime and marauding teenagers.

However a spokesman for Suffolk Police said the crack down was a direct result of complaints from residents on the Gainsborough estate about joy riders and that leaving a car running and unattended was a "golden invitation" to such behaviour.

Mum-of-three Mrs Fosker said that her daughter's boyfriend Peter Warner, 20, had had to jump-start his Renault 9 and left the engine running to charge up the battery.

"He came inside and the next minute the police pulled up and fined him for having his engine running," she said recalling the December 23 incident.

"I was just so annoyed. Obviously there is nothing you can do about it because it is an offence and it is in the Highway Code but they don't seem to do anything when there are kids smashing windows or burning cars.

"I always had the up most respect for the police but this incident has really upset me," added Mrs Fosker, who suffered an attempted break in on her own car a few weeks ago.

A spokesman for Suffolk police said that the Gainsborough estate had been plagued by problems with joy riders, which had led to repeated calls for police action.

"One of the ways we can crack down on joy riders is if people lock their cars and switch their engine off," he said adding that the police crack down was a direct result of complaints from the community.

He warned members of the public not to leave their car unattended with the engine running as lives could be put at risk.

"Older joy riders could steal the car and younger ones could well get in and end up crashing the car and somebody could get hurt."

He added: "If anybody disagrees with a fixed penalty notice they have the option of pursuing the case through the courts."


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