A stranger left his car on a family’s driveway near an airport for four days. The family, consisting of father Zekarias Haile, his wife and their two children, live in Wythenshawe, near Manchester Airport.
Mr Haile, 51, believes the rogue vehicle belonged to a holidaymaker who was flying out from the nearby airport. He told Manchester Evening News: “Someone, without my permission, had put the car there and they didn’t care.”
He first noticed the vehicle when he woke up last Thursday morning. He stepped outside of his home to find the gray Range Rover in question in the driveway at the side of his home di lui.
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At first, he was surprised, but his emotion soon turned to anger as the car remained on his property four days later.
Zekarias, a 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. “
He eventually called the police, who told him 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. Although, the unwanted vehicle had restricted access to his garden and the family’s bins.
The father added: “I was very angry but I resisted doing anything to the car – just. I definitely didn’t feel alright about it. We couldn’t access our garden and we couldn’t take out our bins. “
He added that he believes the car was parked by a rogue parking company that operates in the area.
He explained: “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. “
A police spokesman confirmed the matter was not a criminal offense but that the homeowners could approach the council and take civil action.
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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