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Parking fine paid on toilet paper

Writing the cheque
Richard Roper wrote the cheque to pay for a parking fine on toilet paper

A retired managing director who wrote a cheque to pay a parking fine on toilet paper was ordered to spend a day in court as a punishment.

Richard Roper, 63, of Long Melford, Suffolk, was issued with a summons when Suffolk Police refused to cash the cheque because it would cost 15.

When he appeared before magistrates he was told to sit at the back of the court throughout a morning session.

Mr Roper was fined 30 for illegally parking his car across two spaces.

He was issued the ticket in Sudbury on 30 September.

Appearing before the town's magistrates on Wednesday he said: "This is not a case of not wishing or refusing to pay but a case of the authorities refusing to accept my payment.

"What I did here, your honour, was done in good humour."

In a letter he read to the court, Mr Roper added: "My payment... has been written on stationery which aptly reflects my feelings towards the system which I am unfortunately forced to support through my taxes."

He said his offer to double the fine and pay 60 to the East Anglian Children's Hospice if his penalty was quashed was rejected by Suffolk Police.

After the hearing, he said: "I think the punishment is fine. I made my peaceful protest.

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