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are you asking if this is enough as a defence?
The short answer is that it depends what the signs at the location say. probably they say that you must display a valid ticket and there is no way around the fact that you did not.
Therefore, there would not be a legal defence in principle.
However it is worth studying the signs of half the time they are void.
In any event, they do not have a claim for their costs. If they went to court they would get roughly the sum of the fine plus £35 in costs and maybe £55 in fixed solicitors costs. It is not very cost-effective for them to so and so the chances that they will are fairly low.
It depends whether you want to run the risk. It is probably about 10%.
Can I clarify anything for you?