Ex-policeman wins clamping hearing

Retired police officer Colin Parrish, who's won his court case over Wheel clampers.

Retired police officer Colin Parrish, who's won his court case over Wheel clampers.

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A RETIRED policeman has taken on private wheel clampers and won a court action against a firm which towed his car away.

Colin Parrish, a former chief inspector with Doncaster police, won a county court judgement against Vehicle Management Direct, which did not turn up to contest his claim for £320 plus £50 costs.

Mr Parrish, from Bessacarr, is now pledging to help others who have fallen foul of wheel clampers, after researching into the private clamping regulations in Frances Street in Doncaster town centre.

He said: “The signs are just not visible at night - I defy anyone to say they are visible. They are printed on a black background and are not obvious.

“The guidelines say there is supposed to be a clear sign at the entrance to a car park but there was no sign and still isn’t.

“It was just an empty car park and I looked for signs but couldn’t see any, that’s why I parked there.”

Mr Parrish realised his car had vanished after a meal in Silver Street in January. After reporting it stolen police told him it had been towed away by clampers.

He then had to pay cash to get his car returned.

Kevin Cheadle, director of Vehicle Management Direct, said the firm had not received any paperwork regarding the proceedings and the first it knew was when it received the judgement. He added the company had already paid for a hearing to defend the case.

Mr Cheadle said: “I think the court papers were sent to the wrong address. I think they should be sent by recorded delivery.”

Mr Parrish is offering to help others. Call 01302 531621.