Jaguar driver found car being removed after parking in disabled bay

A Jaguar driver who found his car being removed got into the vehicle and ended up being towed with it. The motorist had parked their Jaguar XF sports car in a disabled bay on St Mary’s Street. Instead of accepting the penalty, the driver took matters into his own hands, and jumped inside the car while it was attached to the tow truck.

Police were called to the scene in a bid to talk the driver round, but he still refused to get out of the car. Pictures from the scene show a number of police officers surrounding the vehicle, as they try and persuade the driver to get out.

The motorist had parked their Jaguar XF sports car in a disabled bay on St Mary’s Street

After several refusals, officers from GMP gave the recovery truck the green light to return the car to the pound – with the driver still inside. The Jaguar, and the driver, had to be returned to the nearest car pound under a police escort.

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Councillor Nigel Murphy, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, slammed the motorist’s actions as ‘selfish’ and ‘extremely dangerous.’

“We can confirm that a car was removed from the city centre this weekend after it was found to be illegally parked in a disabled bay in St. Mary’s Street,” he said.

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“As the vehicle was in the process of being removed its owner took an extremely dangerous course of action, and jumped onto the recovery truck, got inside his vehicle and refused to leave. “After refusing to get out, GMP were informed and officers attended the scene.

After further refusals to get out of the vehicle, the driver of the recovery truck complied with a request from GMP to return to the pound, under a police escort.”

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“Parking illegally is frustrating enough without a motorist selfishly occupying a disabled space. We want to make it clear that if anyone decides to break the law we will ensure their car is removed and they are fined,” he added. The driver was fined GBP30 for the parking infringement and GBP100 for the release of his vehicle.

Greater Manchester Police have been contacted for comment about the incident.

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