A WOMAN whose husband's car was clamped over an unpaid parking fine she knew nothing about has won her appeal.
Determined Brenda Young, a law teacher, represented herself in court against Kirklees Council's barrister.
Her conviction was quashed after she showed that officials put the wrong address on warning letters to her.
She told a judge sitting with two magistrates of her amazement when bailiffs turned up.
Mrs Young said the parking fine was a complete surprise and could not possibly involve her as she had been working at the time.
Delighted Mrs Young, of Eastgate, Honley, said after winning her case: "I wouldn't have taken it to court if I had not been right.
"You can't have bailiffs sent to your home without having any information about it."
Bradford Crown Court heard that Kirklees officials did not keep up with changes which gave Mrs Young a new postcode and postal town in January, 2001. Royal Mail warned this year - after a two-year transition - that letters using old addresses might not get delivered.
Kirklees officials should have used the postcode HD9, along with the name of Holmfirth as postal town.
But they stuck with the old combination of HD7 and Huddersfield.
Bailiffs came to Mrs Young's home in July to clamp her car.
But they ended up clamping her husband Geoffrey's car for the weekend, as her own is on loan and the property of a finance company.
Mrs Young said: "I'm absolutely elated that I've won.
"Justice has been done. It's restored my faith in the system."
A Kirklees spokeswoman said the council had used address information supplied by the Driver Vehicle Licensing Authority.
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