Waltham Forest Council cancel fine issued as man treated 91-year-old woman who collapsed in the street

Council overturn parking fine to care worker

Council overturn parking fine to care worker

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A parking fine issued to a good samaritan as he helped an elderly woman who had collapsed has been cancelled.

Chris Bone, 24, of Edward Road in Walthamstow, was issued with a £65 ticket by a Waltham Forest council CCTV spy car after pulling over in Markhouse Road when he saw the 91-year-old collapse.

He treated her head wound and comforted her until paramedics arrived and took her to hospital. 

He appealed against the fine issued in June and supplied evidence from the London Ambulance Service, but it was rejected by the council.

Now after Mr Bone, an apprentice at George Mason Lodge in Chelmsford Road, Leytonstone, spoke out over the fine to the Guardian, the ticket has been cancelled.

Deputy leader and cabinet member for environment councillor, Clyde Loakes, said: "We are in the process of cancelling the PCN based on new evidence from the London Ambulance Service, and will be contacting the driver to advise him that the ticket is cancelled.

"The decision to reject the appeal was correct at the time as unfortunately, we could not retrieve this evidence from the London Ambulance services directly, due to data protection concerns.

"Given the new information, we are more than happy to cancel the PCN."

Mr Bone said the decision should have come earlier. 

He said: "When I phoned up the ambulance service, they said they were more than happy to give the council whatever they needed without my intervention, so it's nonsense. 

"Their response now is the way it should have been from the beginning, it was an uncompassionate decision by the parking officer when he clearly saw what was going on. 

"I contacted the Guardian on the advice of my nan and I believe if it wasn't for the newspaper, I would still be struggling to get it overturned." 

 

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3:23pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Go42 says...

Suggest that we scrap these spy cars and the jobsworths upholding their actions. Great that common sense has prevailed and saved the Council, who we pay to administer some public services, further embarrassment.
Motorists are terrorised to e.g. move into a yellow box to let an ambulance through! The day I hear of a spy car giving first aid I will know that I am hallucinating!
Suggest that we scrap these spy cars and the jobsworths upholding their actions. Great that common sense has prevailed and saved the Council, who we pay to administer some public services, further embarrassment. Motorists are terrorised to e.g. move into a yellow box to let an ambulance through! The day I hear of a spy car giving first aid I will know that I am hallucinating! Go42
  • Score: 8

3:32pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Go42 says...

My last posting should read "terrified of e.g mining into"!
My last posting should read "terrified of e.g mining into"! Go42
  • Score: 1

3:39pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Go42 says...

Oops, last post should read "moving" not mining! I give up using Smartphones for comments!
Oops, last post should read "moving" not mining! I give up using Smartphones for comments! Go42
  • Score: 8

3:42pm Thu 7 Aug 14

mdj says...

Mr Loakes says one thing, penalised motorist the other.

Who to believe?
Mr Loakes says one thing, penalised motorist the other. Who to believe? mdj
  • Score: 0

4:27pm Thu 7 Aug 14

the dame says...

I say three cheers for his Nan. It takes a woman to use common sense!
I say three cheers for his Nan. It takes a woman to use common sense! the dame
  • Score: 4

5:11pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Howard Wolowitz says...

Who do you believe? A good Samaritan or a politician.
Who do you believe? A good Samaritan or a politician. Howard Wolowitz
  • Score: -3

6:25pm Thu 7 Aug 14

LakeBreeze says...

Very glad to hear this, but clearly Waltham Forest Council did the right thing only because this case became publicised in The Guardian. It's a shame that it's only when something gets taken to the press that the rotters finally do what they fully well know they should have done in the first place. And no I don't believe any "new evidence" changed their minds. I think the almighty stink this would have raised in the public eye sent them scurrying and rightly so.

Very glad to hear it but not happy at what it takes to make cancellations like this happen.
Very glad to hear this, but clearly Waltham Forest Council did the right thing only because this case became publicised in The Guardian. It's a shame that it's only when something gets taken to the press that the rotters finally do what they fully well know they should have done in the first place. And no I don't believe any "new evidence" changed their minds. I think the almighty stink this would have raised in the public eye sent them scurrying and rightly so. Very glad to hear it but not happy at what it takes to make cancellations like this happen. LakeBreeze
  • Score: 6

7:04pm Sat 9 Aug 14

roundthetwist says...

Well done Chris - an asset to the community
Well done Chris - an asset to the community roundthetwist
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