A mum who was left baffled after a holidaymaker parked on her driveway close to Birmingham Airport for nearly every week has lastly acquired an evidence. Debbie Flynn was livid to discover a silver Vauxhall Mokka mysteriously left subsequent to her storage on Tuesday, April 12.
The mum-of-two spent every week questioning why the motorist had gone as far as to unlock gates to her drive to purposely park there. Now she has discovered after a observe from her landlord.
Debbie instructed Birmingham Live how she suspected fraudsters had offered her drive as an affordable parking spot for the airport after police confirmed the automobile was not stolen and her landlord mentioned he knew nothing about it. But the mum has now acquired an electronic mail from her landlord, who had forgotten he’d registered for a parking app years in the past.
Debbie mentioned: “One of the first things I did when I found the car was to ask the landlord if he knew anything about it and he said he didn’t. The landlord has since been in touch and said that years ago he opened a parking app for his drive.
“He has simply checked his emails and a feminine driver has emailed him saying she has parked on his drive, gone on vacation and shall be again subsequent week. I can’t consider it!”
Debbie added: “My first thought when it occurred was that it was my landlord. I did ship him a textual content that wasn’t very well mannered however when the owner made contact, he reassured me it wasn’t his automobile.”
Debbie and her partner Leon had originally put chains around the car’s wheels so the returning motorist would have to give an explanation for parking there. But that has all changed now they have got the bottom of the landlord’s lapse in memory.
Parking apps, where residents rent spaces on their property, have become a popular way to earn extra money, especially for those living near airports, train stations and city centre sites. But they have also become targeted by fraudsters who get money from unsuspecting motorists to park on land they don’t own.
The mum-of-two informed police when the car first appeared but officers said they were powerless to move the Vauxhall Mokka from the grass verge of their drive as it was a “civil and never prison matter”. If Debbie had damaged the car while trying to move it, she would be liable for an offence of criminal damage under the current law.
Debbie had described her confusion over the car when it first appeared saying it was like it “had simply dropped out of the sky” and was “an entire thriller”. She added: “The cheeky g*ts opened my gate and parked it and shut the gates after leaving it on the grass. The police officer who got here to see us mentioned he had by no means seen something like this in all his years.”
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