Man reacts furiously to £70 Tesco car parking fine he received for ‘no reason’

Paul Murphy claims he parked near Tesco in Leeds and was fined, despite ‘never going in’ to the supermarket – but he managed to successfully appeal the fine from Horizon Parking

Paul Murphy claims he parked near Tesco in Leeds and was fined, despite ‘never going in’ to the supermarket

An ex-police officer has reacted furiously after he received a parking fine for “no reason”.

On February 17, Paul Murphy was traveling into Leeds, West Yorkshire, for a business meeting, and parked on a “public” side road, close by to the Tesco supermarket.

Speaking to Leeds Live he claims he “never went in” to the supermarket, or parked in the car park.

He added that he thinks there is a camera in the entrance way, designed to catch people as they go inside.

Paul said there were no signs along the road, but one sight said taxis would receive priority at 7pm.

He said: “It was unusual that there were no visible signs as there is usually something”.







Paul was given a £ 70 fine, delivered in his postbox from Horizon Parking, stating he had ‘overstayed his welcome’ (stock image)
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For three hours, he had his car parked in the spot, whilst he went about his day.

Later, he was given a £ 70 fine, delivered in his postbox from Horizon Parking, stating he had “overstayed his welcome”.

Horizon runs several supermarket car parks across the UK, including Asda, Co Op and Tesco.

Paul said: “I think there must be a camera there and it pinged mine.

“Seems there is an ANPR parking fault at the back of Beeston Tesco. Horizon Parking tried to fine me for overstay in the shop car park.







Paul appealed the fine, and two weeks later was told it had been overriden (stock image)
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“The problem is that most people would say ‘I’m going to get done if I don’t pay it’ but it’s not OK. It’s a lot of money to fork out. I did an appeal and it didn’t take me long to do. “

He appealed the fine, and two weeks later was told it had been overriden.

The appeal said: “Thank you for your recent correspondence concerning the above referenced Parking Charge Notice.

“Having fully reviewed the case, I can confirm the Parking Charge Notice has been canceled and no further action will be taken.”

Paul’s advice for others hit by parking fines, is to fully check they are legitimate, and not just “pay it out of laziness”.

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