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May or may not be helpful, but here goes!
Had the same problem on an old Mk 2 Escort.
Turned out that the exhaust was leaning onto the reverse switch and keeping it "live".
One of the brackets had held the exhaust had come off, allowing the whole thing to tilt slightly.
Might be worth a quick look!
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