Cancer victim’s fury at ‘grinning’ clampers

Maria Allen, who was clamped in King's Yard High Steet car park on Monday, after taking her son Jake, 17, for an interview for accommmodation through the YMCA. Picture Garth Hamer

Maria Allen, who was clamped in King's Yard High Steet car park on Monday, after taking her son Jake, 17, for an interview for accommmodation through the YMCA. Picture Garth Hamer

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A HALTON woman who uses a walking stick and is fighting cancer was slapped with a parking ticket after visiting Lancaster city centre to help her homeless son.

Maria Allen, of Halton, has a string of health problems and struggles to walk without a stick.

The 48-year-old was caught by clampers on Monday, after parking in a pay and display car park near the bus station in Damside Street, Lancaster, to visit the YMCA.

After paying 80p for an hour’s ticket, Ms Allen was forced to cough up a £100 clamp release fee when she returned 15 minutes late.

“I had gone with my 17-year-old son Jake to an interview about emergency accommodation,” she said. “He has Asperger’s, so he can’t cope with people on his own.

“I paid for an hour’s ticket on the car park, and when we returned they were clamping the car and said they would tow it if I didn’t pay £100.”

See the Lancaster Guardian (30-06-11) for full story.