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    • What should you do? Totally ignore them. Next time you are there take photographs of Athena's notice at the entrance to the car park plus the position of the others as well as any difference between the T&Cs of their signs. Also a picture of their payment meter as the T&Cs there are often different from the signs. Check with the local council to see if Athena have permission to erect signs and ANPR cameras under the Town & Country [Advertisements] Regulations -they are often online these days. Also ignore any future correspondence from them and their unregulated debt collectors and do not be afraid of ever escalating fees most of which have no basis in Law. The time to come back to us is if they send you a letter of claim where a snotty letter to them may discourage them.Also read other threads on here to get an idea of the numties you are dealing with. One amoeba has more intelligence than all the car parking rogues together. It is still worthwhile contacting Lidl even without your receipt and especially where you have a record of regular visits to them.
    • First, I'm a bit surprised that your local police force has the manpower and time to waste chasing up a complaint from a member of the public that a motability car's paperwork may not be in order, bearing in mind that most forces can't be bothered to follow up reported burglaries, if stories in the popular press are to be believed.  But if that's what the police officer has told you, that's what he's told you.   If you want to follow up his suggestion to make a complaint, check your local force's website for how to do so.  Or (bearing in mind the history of problems that you've had before) write straight to the Chief Constable (website again).   Simply say you want to make a complaint about the number of times your daughter (or whoever) has been stopped by the police for no apparent reason.  Give a list of when and where this has happened and what the outcome was (presumably that the police took no further action).  I would also add that in the latest incident the police officer actually suggested making a complaint about the number of stops.  Not only do you (or your daughter or son or whoever it is) find this police action to be extremely distressing, but you also consider it a waste of scarce police resources.   Ask for an explanation as to why this keeps happening and ask for an assurance that the police will stop doing it.   You may also want to add (see what others advise about this) that the police officer in the latest incident also told you that they had received a call from someone saying that the car's paper work "might not be in order".  Say that you are concerned that whoever made this false allegation is wasting police time.  (You may want to think carefully about this as it may not improve your daughter's relationship with her neighbour!  If the allegation came from the neighbour.)   Those are my initial thoughts but it's a bit late to be thinking clearly.  See what others suggest rather than just relying on my suggestions.   [The letter really needs to come from your daughter (or whichever family member keeps being stopped) and not you, unless you can make it perfectly clear in the letter who it is that is being stopped etc. and that you are complaining on their behalf.  Is that clear?]
    • yes I missed out an important word there didn't I 'properly' ..
    • And dx what success have you personally had when dealing with cases for people in the county court.... when pointing out the above   I have asked you several times for your direct court room experience. Yet it hasnt been forthcoming    Please prove your statement that vcs lose most defended cases ? Again what you state doesnt stand up for the reality of the court circuit
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Mobile networks set to be forced to unlock phones for free

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UK mobile networks look set to be forced to make it free to unlock phones at the end of customers' contracts, it was announced in The Budget.

 

Currently, each major network offers different options to consumers who want their phone unlocked, with most charging for the privilege. Unlocking a phone allows customers to switch networks as they please.

 

Following this week’s Budget, the government says that all mobile users should be able to have their handset unlocked at the end of their deal without paying.

 

While it is hoping to get networks to sign up voluntarily, the government has promised to pass laws to force networks to comply if an agreement can’t be reached.

 

 

http://www.uswitch.com/mobiles/news/2016/03/mobile-networks-set-to-be-forced-to-unlock-phones-for-free/?utm_campaign=insight&utm_content=160321&utm_medium=email&utm_source=uswitch&utm_term=mobiles-content-pod

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About time. It's outrageous that after charging you over the odds for the handset that the providers could then ask for more money just to unlock it. I think the usual rate they would charge was about £25 (Or that's what EE wanted from me a few years ago, it was at that point I went Sim only and started just buying my handsets outright, far cheaper in the long run)

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About time. It's outrageous that after charging you over the odds for the handset that the providers could then ask for more money just to unlock it. I think the usual rate they would charge was about £25 (Or that's what EE wanted from me a few years ago, it was at that point I went Sim only and started just buying my handsets outright, far cheaper in the long run)

 

EE is around £15 now. Trouble is that often they ignore requests.

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thought i should mention that vodafone did not charge if you were in the last year of contract or they didn't when i unlocked my phone a year ago

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EE is around £15 now. Trouble is that often they ignore requests.

 

£8.99, and it's very annoying that you have to phone them to get it done. But, give them their due, they said it would take about 1 week for the unlock code to arrive, and it did, and it worked 1st time!

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3 Mobile contract phones are not locked when you get them

 

Both Vodafone and 02, When i had them, I just waited until i went on my first holiday, And asked them to unlock them, So i could put a local sim card in when i got there

 

Neither charged me

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Tesco Mobile never charged me about 4 months ago, still waiting on them unlocking the phone though !!!


 
 

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When I asked Vodafone about unlocking my smartphone I was told it wasn't locked. Sure enough I popped in another providers sim card and it worked. However am still saddled with all of Vodafone's bloatware which I'm sure affects the phones performance as it takes ages to start up and is very laggy.

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