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Lincolnshire war veteran says he will go to jail rather than pay parking fine

By SRussellTG  |  Posted: July 31, 2014

  • George Chester, 94, from Horncastle hit the national headlines over a disputed parking fine from Boston Borough Council

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A 94-year-old Lincolnshire war hero – who hit the national headlines after he slammed a council as 'Nazis' over a parking fine – is still being ordered to pay.

George Chester hit the media spotlight after he was issued with a fine for parking in a restricted area in Boston while dropping a neighbour off at the bus station on May 16.

The pensioner claims he left the car for two minutes when he helped his neighbour board the bus.

When he returned he found a yellow parking ticket slapped on his windscreen.

The time on the £35 fine claimed the violation took place at 12.54pm – but Mr Chester said he dropped off his neighbour at 1.54pm.

The fine has now risen to £105.

But defiant Mr Chester said: “The council don’t frighten me. They can say what they want but I know I wasn’t anywhere near Boston at the time they say – I can prove it because my neighbour’s bus ticket states she got on the bus at 1.54pm.

“They made a mistake and they are trying to make me pay for it.

“They’re acting like bullying Nazis. Well, they don’t scare me.

“I dealt with a lot worse things in the war.

“I only tell the truth, I wasn’t in Boston at 12.54.

“They can take me to court. If it means going to jail then I will go to jail.”

Mr Chester says there are plenty of people who saw him and his neighbour in Horncastle at 12.54pm.

He said: “There are plenty of people who saw us when we were still in Horncastle at 12.54pm who will swear on oath they saw me nowhere near the bus station.”

A spokesman from BostonBorough Council said Mr Chester has failed to provide evidence for the appeals process.

The spokesman said: “Mr Chester has been through two internal appeals processes and not produced evidence to alter this decision.

“We would urge Mr Chester to continue to use the process available to anyone who wishes to dispute a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) and ask that the matter be heard by the Traffic Penalty Tribunal.

“This is an independent body which listens to evidence from both parties and then makes a decision on the case based on the evidence that is presented to it.

“The council will be bound by the independent panel’s decision.”

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  • snoddy  |  August 04 2014, 6:04PM

    Kangaroo courts are ilegal in this country. Take them to a proper court and fight your case. It's common law.

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  • theknowitall  |  August 02 2014, 3:45PM

    Well done Boston Council. You must be so proud of your approach to somebody who probably helped maintain the freedom you enjoy today.

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  • letarighter  |  August 01 2014, 7:45AM

    Well done Mr Chester, your courage and determination not to bow down to bureaucracy is an inspiration to us all. Some of these pedantic rule quoters whose salary is paid out of our rates need to be brought to heel. The tail wags the dog too often these days.

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  • bluetac  |  July 31 2014, 10:55PM

    Something similar happened to us, we were ticketed, but they got the make of the car wrong on the ticket.. We still lost as the reg was correct. :(. Best of luck, keep fighting .

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  • Listener  |  July 31 2014, 10:47PM

    They will keep secrets when they know they are wrong. I agree with the burden of truth, but it is a local "authority" he is dealing with. I wish the man the very best of luck and a fair judgment.

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  • Ascerbia  |  July 31 2014, 7:59PM

    I agree with Mr Chester in one respect - the council is bullying him, the burden of proof is on them and is measured on a balance of probability, there is nothing to compel him to prove his innocence to them. In the other respect ignoring them isn't sensible, he should go to the tribunal with them - 60% of complaints are upheld. The council is stupid to pursue this, they cannot emerge looking good whether they win or lose so a sensible decision would be to drop the case as it is in no-ones interest to pursue it, especially not that of the taxpayer who will foot the bill for taking this nonsense to court.

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  • Roadscource  |  July 31 2014, 6:09PM

    The trouble is, i think you may have said too much already. You should have asked them for their evidence that you were ever parked there. The evidence will be of the form of digital photographs which will show a different time and date to the penalty charge notice you have been issued.

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