Waltham Forest Council reject appeal against penalty for man who helped 91-year-old woman.

Chris Bone with the PCN in Markhouse Road

Chris Bone with the PCN in Markhouse Road

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A trainee care worker was fined for parking illegally after pulling over to help a 91-year-old woman who had collapsed in the street.

Christopher Bone appealed against the fine following the incident in June, but Waltham Forest Council insist the penalty must stand.

The father-of-two, of Edward Road in Walthamstow, was driving in Markhouse Road when he saw the woman fall to the ground.

He pulled over and parked leaving two wheels on the curb to allow traffic to pass, leaving his children and partner in the car.   

Mr Bone, an apprentice at George Mason Lodge in Chelmsford Road, Leytonstone, is qualified in first aid and phoned an ambulance as he treated the woman's head wound until paramedics arrived.

He said: "I stopped the car without a thought. What was I supposed to do, just drive on when she could possibly have died or had a heart attack? 

"I gave her medical attention as that is what I'm trained to do. When I asked her what happened, she said her legs 'just gave way', so I didn't feel safe leaving her before the ambulance arrived." 

As he treated the woman, Mr Bone said he spotted a CCTV spy car drive past slowly and the driver look at him with the elderly lady. 

It then indicated to stop further up the road from his black Ford Focus. 

Minutes later, a van driver shouted out to Mr Bone that he was getting a ticket, so he moved his car into a nearby residential street. 

A week later Mr Bone received the £65 parking fine and appealed within 48 hours, providing evidence including the ambulance CAD number. 

He has also sent the council a letter from the London Ambulance Service detailing his actions on the day.

But the council refused to withdraw the penalty.

Mr Bone says he asked the council what course of action he should have taken to help the injured lady, but has not received a response. 

He added: "[parking enforcement officers] are in a position of power and could have at least asked what was going on before giving me a fine and then buggering off. 

"I believe they're acting in a disgusting, money-grabbing way with no compassion. 

"I've given the council all the evidence they've asked for, it should be over-turned,"  

Mr Bone has until tomorrow to pay the original fine £65, or it will be doubled. 

The council has been asked to respond.

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8:10am Thu 7 Aug 14

UKIP-local says...

You would have thought that public bodies in general were unpopular enough with the public that they would try to hold the line and become no more despised. Not Waltham Forest Council which must be one of the worst councils as far as corrupt practices and incompetence is concerned.

Waltham Forest Council have got this badly wrong and should change their decision. It reflects the worst of officialdom. This sort of decision speaks loudly for not giving the blighters any more power.
You would have thought that public bodies in general were unpopular enough with the public that they would try to hold the line and become no more despised. Not Waltham Forest Council which must be one of the worst councils as far as corrupt practices and incompetence is concerned. Waltham Forest Council have got this badly wrong and should change their decision. It reflects the worst of officialdom. This sort of decision speaks loudly for not giving the blighters any more power. UKIP-local
  • Score: 35

8:29am Thu 7 Aug 14

SpursSupporter1 says...

If some body parks illegally then they deserve every ticket going BUT come on Waltham Forest this man was caring for an elderly lady who collapsed and you give him a ticket isn't there any compassion/sense in the Town Hall go on do the right thing and get rid of this guys parking ticket
If some body parks illegally then they deserve every ticket going BUT come on Waltham Forest this man was caring for an elderly lady who collapsed and you give him a ticket isn't there any compassion/sense in the Town Hall go on do the right thing and get rid of this guys parking ticket SpursSupporter1
  • Score: 26

9:01am Thu 7 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

The parking authorities probably have heard every excuse in the book including this one.

Right thing to do is to appeal and present his case to the tribunal.
The parking authorities probably have heard every excuse in the book including this one. Right thing to do is to appeal and present his case to the tribunal. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -11

9:55am Thu 7 Aug 14

wanttogetfitter says...

They are extraordinarily keen to earn money from parking errors and I have found them unable to read and respond appropriately to appeals. I had a very long diatribe from Waltham Forest about the dangers to the blind and so on when I mistakenly parked on a (very wide) pavement by a tree (a hazard to blind people) because there were similar markings to those that allow pavement parking and the kerb was very low, (and why is it dangerous to blind people on one pavement but not another?). I had said I would never have done this had I been aware it wasn't allowed, and I wouldn't. I wouldn't have needed to, for goodness sake!

Yet I look at Leytonstone High Street and see nothing but extreme danger for blind people and their guide dogs, which are trained to recognize pavements but not small dips, and cannot read to identify cycle paths going the wrong way. Does Waltham Forest care about blind people? Not at all.

So whether the council has 'heard every excuse in the book' (previous post) or not, their staff need to learn to read appeals and respond accurately, whatever their final decisions. And to do something about its dangerous POLICY of designing roads and parking spaces illogically in a way that is designed to harm people who cannot see and to fox members of the public who make mistakes.
They are extraordinarily keen to earn money from parking errors and I have found them unable to read and respond appropriately to appeals. I had a very long diatribe from Waltham Forest about the dangers to the blind and so on when I mistakenly parked on a (very wide) pavement by a tree (a hazard to blind people) because there were similar markings to those that allow pavement parking and the kerb was very low, (and why is it dangerous to blind people on one pavement but not another?). I had said I would never have done this had I been aware it wasn't allowed, and I wouldn't. I wouldn't have needed to, for goodness sake! Yet I look at Leytonstone High Street and see nothing but extreme danger for blind people and their guide dogs, which are trained to recognize pavements but not small dips, and cannot read to identify cycle paths going the wrong way. Does Waltham Forest care about blind people? Not at all. So whether the council has 'heard every excuse in the book' (previous post) or not, their staff need to learn to read appeals and respond accurately, whatever their final decisions. And to do something about its dangerous POLICY of designing roads and parking spaces illogically in a way that is designed to harm people who cannot see and to fox members of the public who make mistakes. wanttogetfitter
  • Score: 5

11:09am Thu 7 Aug 14

mdj says...

How very Waltham Forest.

Appeal, always appeal: until they have your money they haven't won.

But be aware that they will tell lies in order to win.

The Adjudicator should throw this out in seconds, especially with confirmation from the Ambulance Service. You might even be able to ask for an order for the costs of the appeal, when a penalty is obviously unjust.

LBWF has one of the highest rates of all boroughs of having their knuckle-headed decisions overturned on appeal.
How very Waltham Forest. Appeal, always appeal: until they have your money they haven't won. But be aware that they will tell lies in order to win. The Adjudicator should throw this out in seconds, especially with confirmation from the Ambulance Service. You might even be able to ask for an order for the costs of the appeal, when a penalty is obviously unjust. LBWF has one of the highest rates of all boroughs of having their knuckle-headed decisions overturned on appeal. mdj
  • Score: 12

11:24am Thu 7 Aug 14

VillageIdiot69 says...

As MDJ says, an adjudicator will throw this out within minutes of the hearing starting. Another absolutely disgraceful decision from LWBF!
As MDJ says, an adjudicator will throw this out within minutes of the hearing starting. Another absolutely disgraceful decision from LWBF! VillageIdiot69
  • Score: 11

11:30am Thu 7 Aug 14

tjm01 says...

First and foremost lets applaud your quick thinking and actions
Secondly go to appeal and have this decision overturned
Thirdly ask the national press to cover the story and show it for the disgrace it is

Good Luck and well done Christopher
First and foremost lets applaud your quick thinking and actions Secondly go to appeal and have this decision overturned Thirdly ask the national press to cover the story and show it for the disgrace it is Good Luck and well done Christopher tjm01
  • Score: 13

11:56am Thu 7 Aug 14

the dame says...

An appalling decision by the faceless ones. May they never need this kind of assistance in an emergency.
An appalling decision by the faceless ones. May they never need this kind of assistance in an emergency. the dame
  • Score: 9

3:35pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Thunderbird4 says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
The parking authorities probably have heard every excuse in the book including this one.

Right thing to do is to appeal and present his case to the tribunal.
Tribunals are usually situated some distance away, just to make it awkward for you; not held at the local town hall, which would make it easier to attend. Set up the Tribunal miles away, (mine was somewhere nearTrafalgar Square), and people might not show up - but pay up. They found in my favour but the council didn't, so it was a waste of time: the tribunal need people to "park illegally", otherwise, how will they earn a living: Jobs for the Boys.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: The parking authorities probably have heard every excuse in the book including this one. Right thing to do is to appeal and present his case to the tribunal.[/p][/quote]Tribunals are usually situated some distance away, just to make it awkward for you; not held at the local town hall, which would make it easier to attend. Set up the Tribunal miles away, (mine was somewhere nearTrafalgar Square), and people might not show up - but pay up. They found in my favour but the council didn't, so it was a waste of time: the tribunal need people to "park illegally", otherwise, how will they earn a living: Jobs for the Boys. Thunderbird4
  • Score: 7

6:06pm Thu 7 Aug 14

LakeBreeze says...

SHAME ON YOU Waltham Forest Council.

This is clearly an extraordinary circumstance and you know it. Shame on you. Throw out this decent man's fine immediately.

Despicable.

And well done Christopher for doing the right thing and stopping to help.

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SHAME ON YOU Waltham Forest Council. This is clearly an extraordinary circumstance and you know it. Shame on you. Throw out this decent man's fine immediately. Despicable. And well done Christopher for doing the right thing and stopping to help. . LakeBreeze
  • Score: 5

10:25pm Thu 7 Aug 14

MICHAEL MCGOUGH says...

LBWF is clearly a tyranny.
Mind how you vote next time
LBWF is clearly a tyranny. Mind how you vote next time MICHAEL MCGOUGH
  • Score: 2

7:47am Fri 8 Aug 14

bosco1 says...

Disgusting Council, I would write to local MP the national newspapers,and a letter to downing street and Buckingham Palalace, in fact let everyone know what aA***Hole the council is.This bloke was doing saving a life.Had the police been parked like that would they have received a ticket.!!!!! Of course not, one rule for one and one for another. Well done Christopher hope you win and when you do make sure all the newspapers know.!!
Disgusting Council, I would write to local MP the national newspapers,and a letter to downing street and Buckingham Palalace, in fact let everyone know what aA***Hole the council is.This bloke was doing saving a life.Had the police been parked like that would they have received a ticket.!!!!! Of course not, one rule for one and one for another. Well done Christopher hope you win and when you do make sure all the newspapers know.!! bosco1
  • Score: 2

11:20am Fri 8 Aug 14

GiordanoBruno says...

bosco1 wrote:
Disgusting Council, I would write to local MP the national newspapers,and a letter to downing street and Buckingham Palalace, in fact let everyone know what aA***Hole the council is.This bloke was doing saving a life.Had the police been parked like that would they have received a ticket.!!!!! Of course not, one rule for one and one for another. Well done Christopher hope you win and when you do make sure all the newspapers know.!!
"Had the police been parked like that would they have received a ticket."

It would be interesting to discover how many tickets LBWF have issued to the police or, indeed LT buses blocking yellow box junctions.
[quote][p][bold]bosco1[/bold] wrote: Disgusting Council, I would write to local MP the national newspapers,and a letter to downing street and Buckingham Palalace, in fact let everyone know what aA***Hole the council is.This bloke was doing saving a life.Had the police been parked like that would they have received a ticket.!!!!! Of course not, one rule for one and one for another. Well done Christopher hope you win and when you do make sure all the newspapers know.!![/p][/quote]"Had the police been parked like that would they have received a ticket." It would be interesting to discover how many tickets LBWF have issued to the police or, indeed LT buses blocking yellow box junctions. GiordanoBruno
  • Score: 0

8:25pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Thunderbird4 says...

MICHAEL MCGOUGH wrote:
LBWF is clearly a tyranny.
Mind how you vote next time
Doesn't matter which way you vote, the borough is rotten
[quote][p][bold]MICHAEL MCGOUGH[/bold] wrote: LBWF is clearly a tyranny. Mind how you vote next time[/p][/quote]Doesn't matter which way you vote, the borough is rotten Thunderbird4
  • Score: 2

8:28pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Thunderbird4 says...

It's the fault uneducated idiots they use to give the tickets; they are incapable of thinking outside the box, they a list of tickable rules and a bonus to look forward too.
It's the fault uneducated idiots they use to give the tickets; they are incapable of thinking outside the box, they a list of tickable rules and a bonus to look forward too. Thunderbird4
  • Score: 1

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