THURROCK Council is concerned that bogus parking tickets are being placed on vehicles in Grays.
Somebody copied the front of a Thurrock Council parking ticket — one that had been issued in Southend Road, Grays — blanked out some writing and then hand-wrote another vehicle’s details.
The incident came to light when the victim — whose car was legally parked in Bridge Road, Grays — came to the Civic Offices to complain.
Cllr Val Morris-Cook, Thurrock Council’s cabinet member for parking enforcement, said: “At first glance the ticket looks real and it has obviously been copied or scanned from a real one.
“Our main fear is that someone is going to use this for stealing money — demanding a cash payment for the ticket. Thurrock Council’s officers will not under any circumstances accept cash in the street in payment for tickets.”
She added: “A closer look at this forgery shows there are some glaring errors. The council’s logo does not look right, it is only printed on one side and there are hand-written details.
“Genuine tickets have printing on both sides; the council’s logo has gold-coloured hawthorn leaves on the green diamond; and they are printed (not hand-written — throughout.
“It could be this is just a stupid prank by one thoughtless person, on the other hand it could be the start of something serious. If you do get a parking ticket, please examine it carefully.”
Thurrock Council has reported the matter to the police.
Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact officers at Essex Police’s South Western division fraud department at Basildon police station on 0300 333 4444.