I was visiting my friends last week,
she has a sorned vehicle on her drive which she had sold two days before,
the new owner was due to collect it the same night
A white van appears on her drive and a man knocks on the door,
My friend thinks its a delivery for the neighbour,
my friend opens the bedroom window, and has a conversation with the Gentleman on the door,
he says he is a bailiff and he has come to collect 392.00 for an unpaid parking ticket,
I can honestly stay my friend was stunned,
she did not know anything about it,
she contacted the Local council,
they could not tell her anything as the system was down,
she went on the Councils web site and checked there was a ticket for 82.00 which she paid immediately.
She has two grown up children,
she knows one of them has probably had the ticket.
there are two men on the drive in a white van,
they proceed to clamp the sold vehicle,
my friend explains that the car has been sold
and the owner is coming to collect it today.
The man says he doesn't care,
the white van remains parked on the drive for 30 mins during this time,
my friend asks where is the court order to clamp the car,
the reply was the chap showed he half a piece of paper with a line of text on the paper
saying mentioning a court in Northampton which she knows nothing about,
she has never received any documents from a court in Northampton.
The white van leaves and returns about 1 hour later
stating they are towing the vehicle away at 17.15hrs unless she pays up,
she explains she doesn't get paid until next week and asks what is the hurry to tow a clamped vehicle
the chap explains by the end of the evening she will be paying him £1,000 pound,
and asks her for her log book and keys -- which she no longer has.
My friend telephones her son who is due home from work (she does not live at the property anymore)
her son and his girlfriend actually live there, she lives with her partner,
her son pulls up and beeps at the van ,
one of the occupants gets out and asks her son where he lives
he says he lives next door ,
they then ask him to park as close to the house as possible as they are going to tow a vehicle.
He then proceeds to park his car at the top of his drive
the white van cannot get onto the drive,
eventually the white van leaves after threatening to call the police,
my friend did call the Police,
they told her not to pay and gave her a reference number the officer said it sounded like extortion
The new owner of the vehicle arrived later that night arranged her boyfriends pick up truck
and took her car away stating no one had any right to clamp her car
and of the bailiffs want the clamp back they can pay for it.
What will happen to my friend,
will she be arrested,
shes very upset by the whole thing,
I have known her for twenty years she would not ignore a parking ticket