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Just the ticket to make us mad.

Byline: Sarah Stack

Furious motorists have vowed to fight fines after almost 50 parking tickets were handed out near a Teesside business park in a two-day blitz.

Police issued 35 tickets to people they said were causing an obstruction on roads near the Teesdale site in Thornaby.

Then they returned this week and a further ten tickets were handed out - all to workers at Barclaycard, who were parked on Massey Road.

Customer account manager Emily Smith, who was hit with a pounds 30 penalty, is one of many motorists now planning on fighting the fine - which will increase to pounds 60 after 14 days.

Miss Smith, 18, of Yarm Road, Stockton, also disputes claims that car owners had been warned about the pending prosecution.

She said: "I have parked in the same place for seven months and never before have I been fined for parking there or left a notice saying I could be. There are no double yellow lines there and no signs to say we shouldn't be there.

"There is not enough space for all the employees to park in the car park and people have always parked on the roadside.

"A lot of people are planning on disputing the fine including myself. I am not paying pounds 30 to park somewhere which has no signs against it."

Only weeks ago the Gazette revealed that vehicles parked in the wrong spaces outside companies on Teesdale are being clamped after new parking regulations were introduced by landlords.

Over several months Cleveland Police say they have received complaints about parking from a number of companies in Teesdale.

A force spokeswoman said officers visited the area and found the complaints were fully justified, with motorists causing obstructions by parking on roundabouts and at road junctions.

She said: "Police sent a warning to all companies in the area regarding the problems with parking. They also visited offices and asked individual companies to inform their staff.

"Officers also put warnings on individual cars informing motorists that if they parked in a similar area again they would be issued with a ticket."

On March 19, officers issued 35 tickets and on Wednesday issued a further ten.

The spokeswoman said: "The motorists who are parking in a haphazard and thoughtless manner in this area are causing dangers to other road users."

Further checks will be carried out and tickets issued if necessary, she said.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Mar 27, 2004
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