Good Samaritan gets parking ticket after stopping to help elderly lady

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A kind-hearted student has been issued a parking ticket after stopping his car to help an old lady who had fallen over.

Drew Hollinshead was driving along Bournemouth's Wimborne Road when he noticed the woman lying on the pavement.

Finding the nearest safe place to pull over, the 21-year-old quickly rushed to her aid, and helped her back to her feet.

Despite only being out of his car for less than a minute, Mr Hollinshead returned to find a council traffic warden issuing him a ticket for stopping in a disabled bay without a valid permit.

Speaking to the Bournemouth Echo, Mr Hollinshead said: "I went back to my car and there was a parking officer who was giving me a ticket. He must have seen what was happening and that I was helping the old lady.

"I asked him why he was still giving me the ticket and he said: 'It gives me no great satisfaction to give you this ticket'.

"Any normal person would have turned a blind eye when they saw why I had stopped as I just got out, helped this old lady to get up and went back to my car."

The Good Samaritan now faces a £70 fine for his good deed.

Mr Hollinshead continued: "I tried to do something good and then something bad happened because of it.

"I stopped in the disabled bay as it was the nearest place to where the old lady was. There was space for about four cars and it was completely empty, so it wasn't like somebody was waiting to use it and I was blocking the space.

"Under the circumstances, I think it's ridiculous."

Bournemouth Council said that it was unable to comment on individual cases.

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