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Unfortunately, if you entered the car park and used their parking area without paying, then you are legally liable.
If payment could not be made then the correct thing to do is not to park but find either another machine to pay at or a different calling area.
Clearly they are pursuing you because you have received the court papers. Ignoring the matter before does not help, and ignoring it now simply means a judgement made against you.
You can either accept liability and pay to avoid any further legal hearings, or you can challenge in court, if you loose judgement will be made against you and a CCJ issued against you.
Yes, if you could not pay you should not have parked.
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