A WOMAN is fighting a desperate battle with bailiffs - over a mystery parking fine.
Mrs Brenda Young, of Honley, had to pay out more than £600 at the weekend to get bailiffs to remove clamps from husband Geoffrey's car.
The officials clamped the car late on Friday night, saying Mrs Young, of Eastgate, owed money for a court fine and costs.
But she has documents to prove that an appeal against the fine is to be heard at Bradford Crown Court.
And she says she knew nothing about the original court decision over a parking fine.
Today, Mrs Young and her solicitor, Neil Murphy, were hoping to sort out the mess at Huddersfield Magistrates' Courts office.
Mrs Young, who also lives with her two daughters, Catherine and Helen, and grand-daughter Caitlin, is baffled and angry at the bailiffs' action.
"They first turned up more than a week ago and pushed a letter through the door saying a distress warrant had been issued by the courts. I went to the magistrates' courts office with documents to show that I had lodged an appeal at Bradford Crown Court against the original fine of £185 and that I was awaiting a date for the hearing.
"They assured me letters about the appeal and to the bailiffs must have crossed in the post and promised me everything would be OK. Then on Friday evening a man and a woman arrived at the house and clamped Geoffrey's T-registered Saab 95.
"I said if they had to clamp a car they should take mine, but because it is still on a loan it is the property of the finance company," said Mrs Young.
"They then said it would cost £610 in fines and costs to get the clamps removed, or they would tow away the car. I have had to pay until I can sort out this mess.
"It is wrong. It is legalised bullying."
A spokeswoman for Huddersfield Magistrates' Court said they could not comment or discuss the issue with anyone who was not involved.
She added: "The lady will have to contact us herself."