A furious dad has hit out at a Range Rover driver who parked on the driveway of his home, near Manchester Airport for several days. Zekarias Haile said he couldn’t access his garden di lui or put his bins out because the vehicle was in the way.
The 51-year-old, his wife and their two children live on Woodhouse Park, Wythenshawe – a three-minute drive from Manchester Airport where parking is at a premium. The family were forced to wait for four days before the driver returned.
Zekarias told the Manchester Evening News: “Someone, without my permission, had put the car there and they didn’t care.”
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The father noticed the gray Range Rover parked smack bang in the center of the drive on the side of his home on Thursday morning (March 10). He explained his initial feeling of surprise quickly moved to slow-boiling anger.
Zekarias claimed the car stayed untouched on his drive for four days – the perfect amount of time for a long weekend away. The lecturer in Engineering at Wakefield College said: “I just went out and it was there.
“Then it was there Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. On Monday morning when we woke up it was gone.”
Zekarias called the police, who said it was not a criminal offense and there was nothing they could do as his car, which he’d parked on the road, was not being blocked in. The unwanted vehicle, however, had restricted access to the garden and, crucially, to their bins.
He added: “I was very angry but I resisted doing anything to the car – just. I definitely didn’t feel all right about it. We couldn’t access our garden and we couldn’t take out our bins. “
The family have been living in Wythenshawe for 14 years and are aware that rogue parking companies operate in the area. They suspect that whoever left the Range Rover could have been working for one of these cowboy outfits.
He added: “A lady who was out the front when it was left told me the driver was wearing a high-viz jacket so I do believe it was one of those companies. My worry now is that, because I couldn’t do anything about it, it will happen again.
“There are rogue parking firms who claim they are meet and greet and they just park in our area. It’s a violation of my private property. “
Greater Manchester Police confirmed the matter was not a criminal offence but that the homeowners could approach the council and take civil action. We have approached Manchester Council for comment and to see if there are any ongoing investigations into rogue parking firms.
A spokesperson for Manchester Airport said: “As well as our own wide range of products, there are many reputable operators that serve Manchester Airport. We categorically do not condone the practices of rogue operators, including those that falsely imply customers’ cars will be parked in secure locations and whose activities blight surrounding communities.
“We have worked closely with council trading standards teams and Greater Manchester Police over many years to combat this, and speak regularly with local councillors and residents about their concerns.
“As passenger numbers continue to increase in the wake of the pandemic we will maintain our position on this, working closely with Manchester City Council and Greater Manchester Police.”
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