You gambled. You lost
Your failure was in not calculating the odds....e.g save £1.00, fine £60.00 odds of 60:1....certainly not worth the risk
Driving in the UK and parts of Europe, there're the hunters and their prey. The hunters uses all sorts of snares, traps, baits and hides to catch their prey, the unwary motorist. As prey, your job is to spot the traps and avoid them. Put a toe in the wrong place and 'zap', they've got you.
'Plain clothes' police cars
Parking pay machines
Traffic light cameras
Elapsed time cameras
UK has a 'big government, big stick' mentality endorsed by voters so the only sensible strategy is to put your energy and money into avoiding the traps they've laid.