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Cancer patient slapped with ‘unfair’ £70 parking fine despite no restriction signs

A cancer patient claimed he had lost sleep and suffered anxiety after being slapped with an “unfair” parking ticket during the Commonwealth Games. Many drivers who attended the Women’s T20 Cricket final on August 7 parked on a road near Edgbaston Stadium, claiming there were no restriction signs along the street.

After enjoying the match, several visitors were baffled to find parking tickets attached to their windscreens.

Many of them appealed the notices, only for Birmingham City Council to reject their claims.

Retiree Robert Jones, 70, a volunteer for cancer charity Help Harry Help Others, took a charity client to the match who had received treatment and counselling for cancer.

The client also reportedly suffers from anxiety. He parked on Amesbury Road at around 9am just 15 minutes away from the stadium.

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Another driver Raj Sharma, 45, from Walsall said: “It’s disheartening even if it’s not a massive amount of money.

“In the spirit of the games we went to support our country and for great entertainment.

“We followed all the rules and took caution, we will pay the fine but I will appeal again. It’s not about the money but about the principle.”

A spokesperson for Birmingham City Council said: “As always with parking fines, if anyone feels they have been fined unfairly they can appeal.”

This isn’t the first time the Commonwealth Games have experienced parking ticket drama.

Just before the event, furious residents living near Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr were wrongly given parking fines despite displaying Birmingham 2022 permits.



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