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The moment furious drivers turned the tables on wheel clampers by trapping them in a car park
thisislondon | Daily Mail ^ | 2/19/08

Posted on 02/19/2008 10:33:37 AM PST by LibWhacker

Furious drivers turned the tables on clampers when they trapped them in a car park for three hours until they released eight cars which had been clamped.

Residents on a complex of newly built flats woke up to find two men busily putting wheel clamps on any cars which did not have a parking permit.

Angry drivers phoned family and friends to drive over and block the entrance to the car park - so the clampers were stuck inside.

Vincent Martin 36, a taxi driver who lives in the exclusive complex in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, said: "I woke up at 8.30am and I heard a commotion going on so I threw some clothes on and went outside.

"I saw there were two men dressed in black in a van. They were really big, bald-headed guys and looked really intimidating.

"They had clamped about seven or eight cars and the drivers were out there shouting and crying.

"Luckily I'd got my permit and already put it on but some people were saying they had not received theirs.

"People missed work and hospital appointments."

Signs dotted around the car park warn residents they face an £80 parking ticket or £125 clamp release fee if they do not display a permit while in an allocated residents' space.

Mr Martin said he had got several letters warning that enforcement action was starting but some residents claimed they had not received them.

The problem appears to have started when Ringley, the flats' managing agents, sent out letters to the residents' old addresses, who were then unaware when the scheme would begin.

He added: "When I went off to work, there were cars blocking the entrance. They were determined not to let the clampers out.

"They were trapped there for three hours until they eventually took the wheel clamps off.

"The people certainly turned the tables on the clampers - it's one in the eye for the clampers."

Workers from London Parking Control clamped eight cars in an area for allocated residents' parking which is controlled by Ringley.

Some residents paid to have their cars released but others refused to hand over the £125 and drafted in help from their family and friends.

Five cars blockaded the arched entrance to the flats. After a tense five-hour stand-off, the management company backed down and called off the clampers.

A spokeswoman for the London Parking Control said: "We are still looking into the incident and liaising with our client, Ringley."

Lisa Stiles, 29, said she was forced to pay the fine to get her four-month-old daughter Ella to Southend Hospital for a check-up for eczema.

She said: "It was very upsetting to pay all that money. I'm on my own and can't afford it."

In a letter to some residents, Ringley said it decided to introduce the clamping measures because of "problems with car parking" on the estate, which was opened in May last year.

Scott O'Brien, 20, who was clamped said: "I'm disgusted. I was parked in my designated space and I didn't receive a letter or permit or anything.

A cheer went up among the parking protesters and the barrier of cars were moved to let the clampers out.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: clampers; drivers; furious; wheel

1 posted on 02/19/2008 10:34:03 AM PST by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

When mice roar.


2 posted on 02/19/2008 10:36:17 AM PST by Lazamataz (Why isnít this in Breaking News????)
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To: LibWhacker
Good for them.

If the policy is as outlined - clamping immediately for a first offense - it is unbelievably stupid.

It takes forever to get a car unclamped and while it sits there clamped, it takes up the parking space designated for permit holders.

It inconveniences everyone, guilty and innocent, except the clampers.

3 posted on 02/19/2008 10:41:52 AM PST by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: Lazamataz

I’m sure the entire event is on govt video and they will suffer prosecution. Meanwhile terrorists continue their planning unabated.


4 posted on 02/19/2008 10:42:05 AM PST by driftdiver
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To: Lazamataz

I’m sure the entire event is on govt video and they will suffer prosecution. Meanwhile terrorists continue their planning unabated.


5 posted on 02/19/2008 10:42:59 AM PST by driftdiver
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To: LibWhacker
Heh...good for them.

Parking ''enforcement'' is not something normal, well-adjusted people want to be involved with, in any aspect.

6 posted on 02/19/2008 10:45:06 AM PST by Turbopilot (iumop ap!sdn w,I 'aw dlaH)
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To: LibWhacker

For a minute I thought they were talking about these guys:

The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus (ECV) is a fraternal organization dedicated to the study and preservation of Western Heritage, in particular the history of the Mother Lode and gold mining regions of the area. There are chapters in California, Nevada and other Western states. Members call themselves “Clampers.”


7 posted on 02/19/2008 10:46:20 AM PST by Flash Bazbeaux
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To: LibWhacker

The judge said five to ten-but I say double that again
I’m not working for the clampdown
No man born with a living soul
Can be working for the clampdown
Kick over the wall ‘cause government’s to fall
How can you refuse it?
Let fury have the hour, anger can be power
D’you know that you can use it?

— Clash


8 posted on 02/19/2008 10:47:28 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: driftdiver

It sounds more like a issue on private property with little government involovement. The name of the parking enforcers is a bit confusing. One wonders if the private entity contracted with the City to do the booting


9 posted on 02/19/2008 10:50:52 AM PST by Starwolf
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To: wideawake

Around here, they get towed and held for ransom.........


10 posted on 02/19/2008 10:52:16 AM PST by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: LibWhacker

Reminds me of the scam the city of denver ran and may still run for all I know. They had meters all over down town. However the meters were not calibrated so the parking people knew which ones were not and waited and started writing the ticket a few minutes before knowing that it would click to a violation 5 minutes early. Then if you wanted to contest the $25 ticket you had to wait 2-3 hours to talk to a referee. They had no motivation to make sure you got served quickly so that you would give up and they kept their $25 bucks. The joke was that dept. of weights and measures never authenticated their meters even though they were measuring devices just like scales and gas pumps.


11 posted on 02/19/2008 10:52:22 AM PST by Walkingfeather
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To: LibWhacker

In the US a SWAT team would have been called.


12 posted on 02/19/2008 10:52:24 AM PST by wideminded
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To: Flash Bazbeaux
Here's the California chapter:


13 posted on 02/19/2008 10:52:33 AM PST by battlegearboat
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To: LibWhacker

If that had happened in the US, the SWAT team would have showed up ten minutes into the standoff and started cracking heads and shooting dogs.


14 posted on 02/19/2008 10:54:49 AM PST by mysterio
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To: LibWhacker
"The people certainly turned the tables on the clampers - it's one in the eye for the clampers."

I assume that the Brits have laws against unlawful detention. If so, then those who 'detained' these 'clampers' are guilty of that crime.

15 posted on 02/19/2008 10:55:25 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Lazamataz

Someone should find a way to bust the clamp. pick the lock, then just destroy the clamp and throw it in the trash.
125 pounds for a fine? who do these Thieving Rats think they are?
thats “Mafia” extortion!
when they loose about a hundred clamps, maybe they will get the message.


16 posted on 02/19/2008 11:00:46 AM PST by LtKerst (Lt Kerst)
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To: Red Badger
Around here, they get towed and held for ransom.........

That's preferable from the point of view of the innocent bystander.

If I were paying for a permit and I came home to find that all the spaces were taken by clamped cars, I'd be pretty irate.

17 posted on 02/19/2008 11:01:38 AM PST by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: LibWhacker

Clamp on, clamp off... the Clamper!


18 posted on 02/19/2008 11:04:42 AM PST by laker_dad
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To: LtKerst

An old college chum of mine was able to do this. He was studying for an ME degree then. He’s a design engineer now. The clamp has likewise been redesigned.


19 posted on 02/19/2008 11:16:43 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: MEGoody
TI assume that the Brits have laws against unlawful detention. If so, then those who 'detained' these 'clampers' are guilty of that crime.

Disagreee. The clampers themselves were in no way restrained, they just could not get their truck/van out. due to cars improperly parked on private property.

20 posted on 02/19/2008 11:31:10 AM PST by Starwolf
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To: LtKerst

An enterprising local college student here was “thinking on his feet” when he came out of class only to discover his car was clamped due to expired parking permit.

He proceded to jack up the car, change a typically balding tire with the spare(probably balding also) and went about his way. Leaving the college cops with and enclamped bald tire and no car. Even more humiliating was he took a cell phone picture of the clamped tire lying in the parking lot and sent the pic via email to the school newspaper that published it in the next issue.


21 posted on 02/19/2008 11:31:19 AM PST by biff
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To: biff
He proceded to jack up the car, change a typically balding tire with the spare(probably balding also) and went about his way.

Current car boots are designed not to allow that theses days.

I do know of one case where the booted car purportedly was moved via by owners father's towing service to another location and the boot removed. The city attempted to charge them for the cost of the boot and other things but there was no evidence who had removed the boot. The car was sold out of state and no charges ever paid.

22 posted on 02/19/2008 12:15:00 PM PST by Starwolf
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To: battlegearboat

I was thinking it was Colonel Klink, you know, Werner Clamper.


23 posted on 02/19/2008 12:19:47 PM PST by bubbacluck
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To: LibWhacker

Not too sure about Jolly Olde England -

But Estate = welfare housing? Yes?


24 posted on 02/19/2008 1:03:02 PM PST by ASOC (Tagline free for months and still happy (Oh, wait........))
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To: clamper1797

Been in England lately?


25 posted on 02/19/2008 1:21:52 PM PST by magslinger (cranky right-winger)
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To: magslinger
The clampers themselves were in no way restrained

We never are ....

26 posted on 02/19/2008 1:23:28 PM PST by clamper1797 (Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence)
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To: clamper1797

LOL


27 posted on 02/19/2008 1:28:03 PM PST by magslinger (cranky right-winger)
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To: Starwolf
The clampers themselves were in no way restrained, they just could not get their truck/van out. due to cars improperly parked on private property.

I guess that depends on whether the Brit law covers if an individual feels intimidated enough to believe they are not going to be allowed to leave. (Not sure the "clampers" felt intimidated, but I doubt they would have unclamped the cars if they didn't.)

It does appear at the very least they were guilty of parking violations. ;)

28 posted on 02/19/2008 1:37:27 PM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: MEGoody
I wonder if private parking rules can be enforced by the government?

As an imprsionable young man I watched a cop attempt to cite someone for an traffic inccident that occured on private property. I saw the lawyer, who was the injured party and not getting the ticket warn him off and it stuck. Not sure how that would work today.

29 posted on 02/19/2008 2:50:13 PM PST by Starwolf
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To: Flash Bazbeaux

beat me to it


30 posted on 02/19/2008 9:12:45 PM PST by Kevmo (SURFRINAGWIASS : Shut Up RINOs. Free Republic is not a GOP Website. Itís a SOCON Site.)
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To: Starwolf
I wonder if private parking rules can be enforced by the government?

Probably not, but perhaps the owner of the lot can impound their cars for disobeying the parking rules and preventing the 'clampers' from driving away from the premises. I'm not familiar with how things work in Britain, so who knows.

31 posted on 02/20/2008 7:02:47 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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