A WIDNES war veteran says he had his 'pocket picked' by traffic wardens.
Gordon Pinkney, 71, a former RAF mechanic, says his week's £26 war pension has been taken from him after a Widnes traffic warden fined him £30 for parking in a disabled parking space on Albert Road.
Mr Pinkney said: 'I had just pulled into the space with my wife as we were just calling into the shops on Albert Road.
'All of a sudden, a warden came along and said that I was parked illegally as the space was reserved for disabled motorists.'
Mr Pinkney, who is 20% disabled himself as a result of serving his country in the war, says there were no disabled parking markings.
He added: 'There was no marking or anything to tell me or any other motorist that they could not park here.
'I just thought it was a legitimate space - and I was only there for a matter of minutes anyway.'
Mr Pinkney has been driving for more than 50 years and was a heavy goods vehicle driver after leaving the services.
He has since paid the fine after being threatened with court action. He has raised his grievances with Halton councillors and traffic police.
He added: 'There are other spaces in Widnes which are clearly marked disabled and I want to know why this one wasn't - it's cost me my war pension. It's happened to me and probably hundreds of other motorists.
'But it now seems that the goal-posts have been moved as other people are parking there and not getting done.'
A spokesman for Halton Borough Council said: 'There is one parking space for disabled motorists and next to it there are limited waiting spaces where you can park for up to one hour. We will check the signage to make sure it is clear.'