Dad fuming as he’s slapped with £70 parking fine after dropping off son

A dad was baffled after being hit with a £70 fine having dropped his son off at college.

Stephen Brayford, 54, received the notice from Euro car parks after passing through a Sainsbury’s shop in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.

He drove his son there on the mornings of June 9 and June 10 – but the ANPR parking cameras thought he’d stayed for the entire day.

Stephen told Stoke-on-Trent Live: “I didn't even park. All I did was take my son to college. He got out of the car and I went home straight away. I wasn’t even in the car park for long.

“I was totally shocked. I was not going to pay the fine for obvious reasons. There must be other people who drop their children off who go to college and they could have had one too. The camera must not have been working.

“It might have happened to a few people, it can’t just be my car.

“I dropped him off again on June 10 and it’s captured my registration plate as I’m leaving at 10.15am.

“Their systems should be working, it’s ridiculous. I have appealed to Euro car parks."

The Asda worker now wants an apology from the car park operator.

He added: “It does stress you a little bit. £70 is a lot of money when you have done nothing wrong. I’m not going to park in the car park again. I was being punished for something I had not done.

“I’ll have to go further down to drop him off now just to be on the safe side.

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“There are other people going on at the same time as me. I wonder how many others have been fined."

A Sainsbury’s spokesman said: "We have offered Mr Brayford a full refund and apologised for this experience. We hope to welcome him back into the store soon.”

The Daily Star has approached Euro car parks for comment.

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