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Mystery solved as to why holidaymaker parked car on mum’s furious drive to airport Bath City News

The reason a random car was left in a furious mum’s driveway has been revealed. A holidaymaker had parked his car in a mother-of-two’s driveway for nearly a week, leaving her furious.

Birmingham International Airport neighbor Debbie Flynn was furious to find a silver Vauxhall Mokka mysteriously left next to her garage on Tuesday April 12. The bewildered mother spent seven days wondering why the motorist had gone so far as to unlock her drive’s doors to park there on purpose. Now she found out after a note from her landlord.

Debbie had suspected fraudsters had sold her car as a cheap airport parking spot after police confirmed the car had not been stolen and its owner said he had no idea. But the mother has now received an email from her landlord, who forgot he signed up for a parking app years ago, BirminghamLive reports.

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Debbie said: “One of the first things I did when I found the car was ask the owner if he knew anything about it and he said no. The owner said no. since been in touch and said years ago he opened a parking app for his ride.

“He just checked his email and a female driver emailed him saying she had parked in his driveway, was away on vacation and would be back next week. I don’t can’t believe it!”

Debbie added: “My first thought when it happened was that it was my landlord. I texted him which wasn’t very polite but when the landlord got in touch he reassured me it wasn’t his car.”

Debbie and her partner Leon had originally put chains around the wheels of the car so the returning motorist had to give an explanation to park there. But everything has changed now that they have understood the background of the owner’s forgetfulness.

Parking apps, where residents rent spaces on their property, have become a popular way to earn extra money, especially for those who live near airports, train stations and downtown sites. But they have also become the target of fraudsters who get money from unsuspecting motorists to park on land they don’t own.

The mother-of-two informed police when the car first appeared, but officers said they were powerless to move the Vauxhall Mokka from the grassy edge of their car as it was a “civil and not criminal matter”. If Debbie had touched the car while trying to move it, she would be subject to the offense of criminal damage under current law.

Debbie had described her confusion over the car when it first appeared saying it looked like it “just fell from the sky” and was “a complete mystery”. “The cheeky g*ts opened my door and parked it and closed the doors after leaving it on the grass.

“The policeman who came to us said he had never seen anything like this in all his years,” Debbie added.

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This notice was published: 2022-04-18 17:13:54

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