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Council 'sorry' over missing car

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Council 'sorry' over missing car

A council has been forced to apologise after a motorist found her car missing and double yellow lines put down in its place in south-east London.

Ruth Decker found her Volkswagen Golf had been lifted up so yellow lines could be painted, then put back down on the lines in Gordon Grove, Camberwell.

Another set of parking enforcers then towed away the car in December for being illegally parked.

Lambeth Council claimed a "breakdown in communications" led to the incident.

'Unacceptable case'

It took three weeks for Ms Decker, a 44-year-old graphic designer, to learn the truth about her car's disappearance.

She was then told she would have to pay £800 in fines as she had left the car on what was previously an unrestricted parking section of road near her home as its battery needed replacing.

It took a further two months before Ms Decker, with the help of her local MP Kate Hoey, to make the council back down.

A council spokesman said: "This was an unacceptable case and when the council became aware of it we acted to cancel all the charges."



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