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Parking ticket proves pleasant surprise for Stafford visitor

By Kerry.Ashdown  |  Posted: April 18, 2014

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A YELLOW envelope on the car is an unwelcome surprise for most motorists – but for one Stafford visitor it helped find her missing purse.

Stafford Borough Council parking officer Martin Halls found the purse on top of the black Renault Clio in Tenterbanks car park on April 11 and took it to the police station.

He then used a yellow fixed penalty envelope - which normally contains a penalty notice for drivers who fall foul of the rules – to leave a note to the car owner saying where the purse could be collected from.

Owner Susan Ozbicak, 58, said that after her initial shock at seeing the envelope she was pleased to be reunited with her purse, which contained money and earrings. The Wolverhampton resident had travelled to Stafford with friend Jill Sudlow.

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She said: “When we returned to the car we saw the yellow envelope on the windscreen. We couldn’t believe it because there was no way we had exceeded our three hours parking time. So we were a bit shocked but we took the envelope from the windscreen and inside was this note.

“I was so pleased. I wasn't aware that I had lost my purse.So to find that I had, that someone had found it, taken it to the police station and left a note on the car – well my faith in human nature has been restored.

“The police told me the enforcement officers around Stafford were very good and if people have gone off and left keys in their car they have removed them, handed them in at the police station, and left a note on the vehicle to tell them.

“It is good to know some people really take a pride in the job they do.”

Mr Halls said: “I found the black purse on top of the car. I didn’t want it to go missing and I knew someone would be very upset that they had lost it. So I left a note and put it into our fixed penalty notice wallets and attached it to the windscreen.

“It is not a sight that motorists would normally want to see but on this occasion the lady was very pleased. It was nice of her to write some lovely comments to the council thanking me – but I just thought of it as part of my job.”

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