A SHOPPER was handed a £45 parking fine after being one minute late back to her car.

Precious Davis said the three-hour time limit at Leyton Mills shopping centre could put shoppers off of going there.

Mrs Davis parked her Land Rover Discovery at the centre on May 21 and went to Asda and Fitness First.

She was with her husband St. Clair and they arrived at 11.46am.

As they left the gym they saw a parking attendant standing at their car.

"We saw the car and the attendant standing by it but we didn't think anything of it," Mrs Davis said.

"Then I saw the ticket. I said 'come on, it's a matter of seconds'."

Mrs Davis, 35, of College Road, Walthamstow, has appealed against the fine but it was not accepted by UK Parking Control Ltd.

She said the fine was "a bit over the top" and she wanted to raise awareness for other shoppers.

"It will just take business away from the shops," Mrs Davis said.

"People come from all over the area to use the shops there but the time restriction makes it difficult to do everything you want."

UKPC has been asked for a comment.