For Jomo1972. I acknowledge I paid the fine a week late. However, it was accepted by Harrow Council, and there was nothing that said anything to the contrary. My basis is that a) Harrow Council accepted the payment in good faith and I've never received any correspondence to indicate otherwise - and b) that there was no indication that bailiffs had been instructed, let alone any warning. As far as their (Newlyn) conduct is concerned, it seems to me that whilst they enforce the Council's debt collection, it is dubious and skirting the law. Their representative had been told to tell me a letter had been sent, when in fact, it hadn't. My ex (who is here because of cancer) can verify this, as the bailiff couldn't produce a copy of it. It was shoved through my letterbox 2 days later and made to appear (by the date, and "delivered by hand" statement) as if it arrived a day before the bailiffs turned up. I can't prove any of this, but I see time and time again how it works in favour of bureaucracy. I work for a charity and deal with lots of single Mums day to day, and there is one common thread throughout , which we try to deal with - talking to the Council. It's often a waste of time. You are shunted from left to right and back again - anything but get a straight answer, and although some people are helpful they are constrained by rules and regulations. It's very frustrating.
It may seem a small point to you, but I've found it's often the case with Councils to pass the buck. I did make an illegal turn, but it was night-time and there were no other cars around. Also, I didn't know the area, and was anxious to get home after dropping off things for our charity. I don't know what else I can say, except that for trying to do something positive and a good deed, and paying the fine a bit late, I have been penalised. Does one turn into a wrong street which was empty and constituted no harm to anyone really constitute the heavy hand of law enforcement visiting me and threatening to take away my house and belongings? If so, there's something very wrong with this country.