A man has had a parking ticket overturned on appeal after council records showed that the warden had travelled 28 miles in 35 seconds to issue it. To actually make that possible would have required him to move at 3,013mph.
Traffic warden Clarke Kent...only joking.
Leighton Leyton-Purrier had parked in a space in Ludlow at about 11am on June 21, returning to his car at 12.30pm and driving away.
At around 2.10pm the same day he drove back to the area and found that the same parking space was available, so he parked there again. He was issued a ticket at 2.40pm.
A two-hour limit was in operation on parking in the space, which Mr Leyton-Purrier had not broken.
Mr Leyton-Purrier says he'd "got done twice that week," and so decided to investigate. He believes that the warden had "not bothered checking" whether the space had been left at lunchtime, and that the council had tried to avoid overturning the ticket despite the impossible geographical anomaly.
It was when the council refused to back down that Mr Leyton-Perrier took the matter to a tribunal.
According to the issuing warden's log for the day, he'd been in Shrewsbury, 28 miles away from Ludlow, only 35 seconds before he issued the ticket. That means he'd travelled over 3,000mph to get there.
"I would also like to confirm that I have looked into the patrol records for the days in question and I can confirm that they are a true record of events," he wrote.
The council, for its part, refused to say whether it was a warden error or a computer one that brought about the '28 miles in 35 seconds' claim.
Quoted in The Telegraph, Shropshire Council's Paul McGreary said: "We, of course, do not claim that our officers can travel tens of miles in seconds or a few minutes. However we can see how the report relating to the officer's activities can be misinterpreted as it does not list the officer's activities for the entire day but only those parts that were requested."
Mr Leyton-Purrier believes that the council simply "made up" the times that the warden was operating in certain places, saying that "it's unbelievable to think the council could come up with such rubbish."
But having had his ticket overturned, he still maintains a sense of humour about it, telling Autoblog that the issuing warden "is not a traffic warden but a UFO Air Warden."