A parking warden has lost their job after being caught on CCTV appearing to remove a pub landlord’s valid ticket so they could issue a fine.
Kevin Gillespie, 58, had parked his vehicle overnight in a council car park near his pub in Folkestone, Kent, where it is free from 6pm until 8am.
But at 2.30am the following morning, he paid £3 for a ticket and put it under the windscreen wiper of his car so that it could be safely parked until 10.30am.
CCTV shows a parking warden appearing to remove a valid ticket so they could issue a fine
Kevin Gillespie, 58, was left ‘furious’ after the incident at a council car park in Folkestone, Kent
He woke up just after 10am and was sat outside talking to a regular at his pub when he spotted a parking attendant checking whether the cars had valid tickets.
A member of staff then put new tickets on the cars, including Mr Gillespie’s. He went back inside the pub – but ten minutes later found there was a ticket on his vehicle.
Mr Gillespie said: ‘I looked around the car to see if it had been blown away. I thought someone had nicked it. I came back in to look at the CCTV and I was astonished.
‘It shows my member of staff putting the new ticket under the windscreen wiper before the parking attendant returns to the car park.’
Speaking to Kent Live, the Gillespie’s pub landlord added: ‘They walk up to my car, take the ticket from under the wiper and put a ticket under it. I am furious.
The landlord met with a member of the council who took the CCTV footage to be examined
Mr Gillespie said the warden walked up to his car before taking the ticket from under the wiper
‘It was unbelievable really. I thought ‘that can’t be real’. I was astonished because you look at it and think ‘no, did that really happen?’.
The landlord of 21 years said he met with a member of the council later that week who then took the CCTV footage of the incident on March 17 away to be examined.
One month on, Folkestone and Hythe District Council apologised to Mr Gillespie and cancelled his parking fine, which was issued by private firm NSL.
A NSL spokesman said: ‘We investigated the complaint and took appropriate action, and the individual concerned is no longer employed by the company.
‘NSL holds our civil enforcement officers to the highest standards, and we have apologised to Mr Gillespie.’