Granddad vows to go to prison before paying fine for marginal parking error

An 89-year-old would rather be locked up than pay £158 for accidentally parking his car slightly over a white line.

Roger Murray was slapped with an initial £50 fine for his very marginally wonky parking in a space at a multi-storey in Macclesfield, Cheshire.

The granddad appealed the fine, arguing that his Land Rover Defender had been left as close to the wall on the other side of the space as physically possible, Cheshire Live reported .

Cheshire East Council argued there were other spaces nearby that would've fitted the 4×4.

When Roger refused to pay the £50 charge it was bumped up to £158, plus any costs incurred during the baliffs' visit.

Regardless Roger, who has two daughters and two grandchildren, is staying true to his principles.

“I dare not leave home now as they could turn up at any time it’s frightening," he said.

“I probably should have paid the fine but for a trivial offence of untidy parking this is over the top.

“The council is partly at fault as their allocated spaces are to much too small.

“The old Defender is not a big vehicle in this day and age, tall maybe, but not as wide as today’s SUVs.

“I am so incensed, the council should show more compassion. I’ll get the barricades up and wait for them, I’d rather go to prison than pay the fine, it’s totally wrong.”

In a bid to clear his name Roger drove back to the parking spot, parked his Land Rover up and took a picture, to show just how tight the space was.

When he posted the results online hundreds of people posted messages in support of his protest.

A spokesman for Cheshire East Council said: “Every penalty charge notice (PCN) issued is supported by a range of evidence, including a photographic record.

“In this case, the PCN was issued correctly.

“Regulations state that a vehicle must be parked within the marked bays.

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