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BBC bosses sack DJ in parking ticket row

BBC Radio Sheffield DJ Gareth Evans has been sacked after a row with a council over a parking ticket.

The 39-year-old was fired from his mid-morning show after first being suspended by BBC bosses investigating the row with Bassetlaw District Council.

A BBC spokeswoman today said the corporation was terminating its contract with Mr Evans' production company.

She said: "We have taken the decision to end the contract between the BBC and Parsley Pyjamas Limited. This means Gareth Evans will no longer be broadcasting for BBC Radio Sheffield."

Mr Evans was suspended following the row which blew up after his pregnant wife Jo received a ticket for parking over the lines in Chapelgate car park, Retford, on November 11.

He appealed, claiming the bays were not big enough for their Land Rover and she had been forced to use two bays to ensure she could get back in the car and also put details of the case on his Facebook page, which has now been taken down.

The appeal failed but council chiefs in Bassetlaw were so alarmed by his protests they contacted the BBC.

Mr Evans, who lives in Everton, near Bawtry, who was unavailable for comment today, was suspended last week after David Armiger, Head of Community Prosperity at Bassetlaw Council, wrote to the station.

The parking fine, which is now 50, is set to go to a an independent Traffic Appeals Tribunal.

A Bassetlaw Council spokesman said they had no comment.

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