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War veteran issued with parking ticket after taking part in Armed Forces Day parade

PUBLISHED: 16:28 29 June 2016 | UPDATED: 16:28 29 June 2016

Paul Allen (first on the right) parading through Romford on Armed Forces Day

Paul Allen (first on the right) parading through Romford on Armed Forces Day

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A war veteran who travelled from Hertfordshire to take part in the Armed Forces Day celebrations has been left "devastated" by a parking ticket issued to him.

Paul Allen, 61, who served in 10th (V) Battalion Parachute Regiment for 13 years, was issued a ticket after parking in the town hall, Main Road, Romford, on Saturday.

Mr Allen has said he was told by a parking attendant he could head to the back of the car park and would not need to purchase a ticket.

But after taking part in the civic procession, he returned to his car to find a parking ticket on his windscreen.

Mr Allen said: “I was absolutely shocked when I saw the ticket on my car, I was too angry to check if the other cars nearby had one too.

“I think it’s disgusting to hand out tickets like this after taking part in the parade and helping to fundraise at one of the market stalls.

“If I thought I had done wrong and made a genuine mistake then I would not be contesting it.”

Mr Allen who travelled across Europe during the Cold War feels “let down” after being issued with the ticket.

A Havering Council spokesman has confirmed Mr Allen was free to park in the designated area of the town hall but only up to a certain time.

He said: “The free parking was up to 12.30pm on Saturday, it was expected after that time people would return to their cars and pay for more hours if necessary.

“A car parking attendant started at 5.30am and told people they could park for free up until 12.30pm.”

However, the 61-year-old denies being told anything about any limit on time.

Mr Allen said: “I wasn’t told anything by the attendant about a time I could stay till.

“My friend who was taking part in the day too left the car park at 2pm and he was not issued with a ticket.”

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