‘Spy’ car pounces on elderly Clayhall couple

PUBLISHED: 08:00 20 February 2014

Poppy Baker MBE and her husband Charles hold the parking ticket fine.

Poppy Baker MBE and her husband Charles hold the parking ticket fine.


A council CCTV camera car pounced on an 83-year-old woman’s car, as she stopped to check her husband’s wheelchair was secured.

Poppy Baker MBE, of Atherton Road, Clayhall, was driving into Ley Street from the Exchange Ilford car park, when the light on her dashboard flashed.

She feared the boot where her 91-year-old husband Charles’ wheelchair was kept was open, so stopped on a yellow line to check. As she did, the Redbridge Council camera car caught her and made a quick escape.

“I wasn’t there two minutes,” said Poppy. “I got out, went to close the boot and he sped off.”

Poppy lost an appeal to the council to overturn the fine.

“When they rejected my appeal, they said that there was no parking or unloading. I didn’t park, I stopped momentarily to make sure it wasn’t dangerous,” she said.

“I knew it was a yellow line, but I didn’t realise it was no unloading. I would have still stopped because it was a danger.”

Statistics unearthed by the Recorder through a Freedom of Information request revealed that Redbridge Council made £1.6million from parking fines in just 10 roads last year. Ley Street, where Poppy was fined, was one.

Redbridge Council did not respond to a request for comment before the Recorder went to press.

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