Mum's fury at parking fine
AN angry motorist who had to fork out almost £500 after her car was towed away said it was then dumped miles from her Exeter home.
Sharon Jewell parked in Maplin store car park overnight unaware of the restrictions. Her vehicle was subsequently clamped and then towed from the Haven Road store.
The 38-year-old, who lives in Exwick, said she accepts she was initially in the wrong – but was still staggered that the bill for her mistake and to get her car back was £465.
And her misery was further compounded after discovering her car had been left at Matford Park Road, near the livestock centre, late at night with a flat battery.
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It is understood the car was originally left on land that is patrolled by Premier Park Ltd and restrictions come into force at 9am.
Ms Jewell said: "As soon as I made the payment the company completely ignored me. I was initially told they would return my car home to me but when I hadn't heard anything I chased them up and was told my car had been left at Matford at 10pm that evening.
"I had to walk and get a taxi from my home at 10.30pm and then try to find my car.
"I then discovered it had been dumped on double yellow lines and had a flat battery.
"It is ridiculous and I am so furious about it. I am planning on seeing the Citizen's Advice Bureau to see if there is anything I can do about it."
She added: "I admit I made a mistake parking at Maplin, but I did not see the signs because it was dark and had been told by people I know it would be OK leaving my car there. It was not blocking anything.
"I had to part with a lot of money to get my car back so for them to just dump it in this way is disgraceful. I am a single parent and don't earn a lot of money.
"Nearly £500 seems an extortionate amount of money for a parking error.
"But to then have to travel from Exwick on my own at that time of night has just compounded things.
"It is absolutely shocking and I cannot believe they can get away with it."
After being contacted with details of Ms Jewell's complaint by the Echo, Premier Park Ltd said there was no one available to comment.