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WARDENS SLAP TWO PARKING TICKETS ON SUICIDE GIRL'S CAR.

Byline: EXCLUSIVE By STEPHEN HAYWARD

A TRAFFIC warden put two parking tickets on a car abandoned by a woman who committed suicide.

Loraine Lawrence, 30, left her Vauxhall Corsa unlocked with the key in the ignition and her handbag in full view - and threw herself off a bridge in Putney, South London

But the warden failed to notice anything wrong and issued a pounds 50 parking ticket. And when the car was still there the following day, the same warden wrote out another ticket.

Despite Loraine's grieving family being told by police that the fines would be waived, parking bosses in Wandsworth, South London, automatically doubled them when they went unpaid.

And they sent a letter to the dead woman demanding she pay up.

Loraine's brother Derek, 36, a probation worker, said: "I find it incredible that the warden was so focusing on issuing a ticket that they did not notice anything else. I mentioned the tickets to the police and they said they were going to deal with them. Then Wandsworth council sent a letter saying the fine had been doubled."

Receptionist Loraine, who lived in Wandsworth, was last seen on Monday, November 1. Her body was found on the banks of the River Thames the next day.

Her family believe Loraine was depressed after her brother, Patrick, 39, died from a brain tumour in October. A spokesman for Wandsworth council, which took more than pounds 6.8 million in parking fines last year, said: "This was clearly a tragic case.

"Now we have been made aware of the circumstances we have cancelled the tickets."

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 26, 2004
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