Couple fined for blocking own driveway after burglary

The thieves had taken the spare key to their £30,000 Range Rover

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Couple fined for blocking driveway after they were robbed

A couple have told how they were handed a parking fine - for blocking their own driveway for just one hour.

Scott Lazarus and Venessa Wise left their Peugeot 307 in front of their second car, a Range Rover, after their home was burgled.

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The crooks took £7,000 of goods including a spare key to the Range Rover.

Fearing the thieves may return, the couple decided to block the £30,000 car in.

But to their disbelief they later discovered a parking slapped on the vehicle because it wasn't displaying a necessary permit.

Council bosses in Chelmsford, Essex, said cars cannot be parked on their road without a permit between 2-3pm.

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Venessa, 41, said: "It was so frustrating, it was just the icing on the cake. We were blocking the drive to stop our car being stolen too.

"We were so busy trying to tidy the house the day after that we didn't realise that the ticket was put on the car.

"As soon as I realised we had a ticket I appealed it straight away, making sure that I explained that I had been burgled and even gave them the crime number."

Venessa immediately appealed the £35 parking ticket issued by South Essex Parking Partnership - but was stunned to have it rejected.

In a last ditch attempt, she wrote a letter to the company describing the "emotional distress" the burglary had on her and her family and that this parking charge "added insult to injury".

"The letter we received was quite condescending," she added.

"It was just saying that as a resident of the road I should know the parking restrictions and should have had a permit.

"There was nothing saying 'I'm sorry for your burglary' or anything - it was just quite blunt."

In the letter, South Essex Parking Partnership explained: "There is a sign where you parked that explains that the bay you parked in is for people with a permit.

"Whilst you may have been blocking your own driveway, you were still required to display a valid permit to cover the restrictions."

To the couple's relief, the parking ticket was eventually revoked on May 23.

Venessa added: "It was a huge relief, I'm just happy it's all been resolved."

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