Labour-run council forced to apologise after wrongly accusing two motorists of ... trends now
A council controlled by Labour has apologised for wrongly accusing two motorists and their legal representative of forging faulty penalty charge notices.
Newham Council had been putting out PCNs that were technically unlawful because the backs were blank.
But when expert Ivan Murray-Smith - who is a Tory councillor - challenged the fines for a pair of motorists the council accused them of an 'orchestrated fraud' and making bogus copies.
Edward Houghton, the adjudicator, found that the council's printers produced 'unarguably defective' legal documents.
Ivan Murray-Smith - who is a Tory councillor - challenged the fines for a pair of motorists, which prompted the council ro accused them of an 'orchestrated fraud' and making bogus copies
He continued to say that its staff failed to check them, then quashed the fines and Mr Murray-Smith and his two clients were awarded more than £455 costs, far in excess of the