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Driver blames CCTV in parking row

Gillian Dean
Gillian Dean says she feels intimidated by the fine

A Devon woman is facing a £90 fine after she was accused of leaving her car for nearly five hours in a supermarket car park.

Security firm Parking Eye says it has CCTV proof that Gillian Dean, 49, overstayed the two-hour limit at the Co-Op car park in Seaton.

But Mrs Dean says she popped in for a bottle of milk and stayed 10 minutes.

She says that while she is alleged to have been parked in the Co-Op, her husband had taken the car.

Details from Parking Eye appear to show a CCTV camera at the Co-Op filming her Peugeot estate in at 1310 and out at 1809 BST.

However, she says he actually left the shop at 1320 BST and returned again later at about 1800 BST, which is not a breach of the parking rules.

Car park
CCTV footage shows the car in a builder's yard

In the meantime her husband Robert had visited a building supplies firm in their white Peugeot.

When Mrs Dean received the £45 fine, she was offered the opportunity by Parking Eye to pay it immediately, but she refused.

Now the fine has been increased to £90.

But Mrs Dean is fighting the case with an appeal to Parking Eye.

She told BBC News: "I've never been accused of anything in my life.

"It's very unnerving and frustrating to keep hearing I did this.

"I feel intimidated and I'd like to know if this has happened to anyone else."

CCTV footage from the builder's yard appears to show husband Robert had the car when Parking Eye says it was in the supermarket car park.

Mrs Dean said: "If you're breaking the law, you're breaking the law.

"But this is just a rip-off."

Parking Eye told the BBC its cameras did not get it wrong and that it had received no other complaints.

It added that any evidence would be considered sympathetically at an appeal.


Gillian Dean is fighting a 90 fine for overstaying in a Devon supermarket car park.

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