A FEW weeks ago, I was walking in Legh Street on my way to the medical centre when I saw a traffic warden putting a ticket on a vehicle.

I shouted to him that what he was doing was illegal, it didn’t stop him, he attached the ticket and ran away.

Where the vehicle was parked, there used to be a furniture shop but it closed many years ago.

Signage on the road said loading and unloading only but it had worn away that much that it was barely readable. No loading or unloading will ever take place because the shop is now derelict.

I wrote to the police because in my opinion to penalise people for parking there is obtaining money by deception which used to be covered by Section 15 of the Theft Act 1968, but that act was replaced by the Fraud Act 2006.

Section two might cover the action because it mentions false presentation. The police replied it was nothing to do with them which wasn’t surprising, but they passed my letter to the local authority.

I thought they would remove the signage but they didn’t, they repainted it.

I felt so angry, if that’s not blatant fraud I don’t know what is. Surely by repainting the signage, that must be false presentation.

I spoke to three solicitors hoping they would agree with me, but I was disappointed. The first couldn’t say if it was an offence, he would have to look it up and charge me. The second worked for the Crown Prosecution Service, who turned out to be useless.

The third solicitor wasn’t much better, he seemed to think the local authority can do whatever they like without being challenged but he would research it if I paid him £300.

That section of road near the health centre should be made available for people going to the health centre for a blood test because the number of spaces in the car park is inadequate.

If they made it limited to onehour parking, every space available could be used by two or even three vehicles each hour.

I have written to Robert Buckland, the justice secretary, in the hope that he can apply some common sense to the situation.