Mum 'cries buckets' after car is damaged

PUBLISHED: 02:35 18 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:29 24 May 2010

A MOTHER-of-two from Cheddar was left in tears after seeing her car damaged in an accident - just days after being ordered to move it by police. Student nurse Sarah Fenwick, of Wideatts Road, was told her car was parked illegally on the grass verge betwee

A MOTHER-of-two from Cheddar was left in tears after seeing her car damaged in an accident - just days after being ordered to move it by police.Student nurse Sarah Fenwick, of Wideatts Road, was told her car was parked illegally on the grass verge between her house and the road, even though she had been parking it there for the last eight years. Two weeks after she moved it on to the road side, it was hit. Sarah, aged 31, said: "It absolutely ruined my Christmas, I cried buckets. My car is the only thing of value I have. I haven't even finished paying for it yet. The last payment was due this month."The assessment of damages was over £2,000 but I was told it would be uneconomical to repair. The insurance company has written the car off, but I still haven't received a cheque."The pavement outside Sarah's house has a raised kerb, and it is therefore illegal to park on the grass verge. As Sarah's home does not have a drive, the nearest legal place for her to park is on the highway itself. She said: "When I asked the police officer in question about the dangers of Wideatts Road he said it was not his problem. He was a community support officer but he wasn't very supportive."Ironically, Sarah's Ford Escort car was hit so hard from behind, that it ended up on the kerb. Sarah said: "I have lived in Wideatts Road for eight years and I have always parked on the verge. When my car was on the road I was subject to abusive language from motorists."Sarah and husband Paul, aged 35, have now been supplied with a courtesy car, which they park at the side of her house. Sarah said: "Thankfully having the courtesy car allowed me to shop for my kids Christmas presents."I have written a letter to the council contesting the ticket I was given and I have left messages on the mobile phone of the PCSO who spoke to me, but I haven't heard anything back yet."Sergeant Pete Yensen, of Cheddar police ,said: "I would like to think the lady involved would come directly to me with any query she has. I don't want my staff to appear unhelpful, but I don't want them to ignore anything. "There is no law to say she has to park outside her house, and there are plenty of safe places in Cheddar for her to park."* Pictured: Sarah and Paul and children Jamie, aged 13, and 10-year-old Sam survey their damaged car.

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