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Woman's anger as expletive printed on Havering Council pay and display ticket instead of car reg

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:26 12 July 2017

Lisa Walker with the parking ticket. The Recorder has had to remove the offending words. Picture: Ken Mears.

Lisa Walker with the parking ticket. The Recorder has had to remove the offending words. Picture: Ken Mears.

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A woman found herself in shock when she found a four-letter expletive on her pay and display parking ticket instead of her reg number.

On Monday, Lisa Walker, 44, from Rainham, had stopped at the Broadway, Elm Park, to buy some food for her pet fish.

When she went to place the ticket – which allowed free parking for the first 30 minutes - on her car she noticed the swear words instead of her number plate.

“I was really shocked,” she said.

“I could have got a parking ticket. It’s terrible.”

Lisa immediately called Havering’s parking office but was unable to be put through.

A council spokesman said: “We can assure you, our parking machines would never deliberately produce a ticket with an expletive. “This happened after someone tampered with the machine in what was probably considered a silly joke.”

It is believed that someone had entered the expletive prior to Lisa using the machine.

But enough space was left over to take the start of her registration plate which begun with the letters “EK”.

“I can’t see that,” continued Lisa.

“Car reg’s don’t have nine letters, they have seven.”

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