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Offline Virgil

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Newham sustaining their reputation
« on: 16 July, 2015, 07:02:49 PM »

Police were called to rescue up to 30 people “held prisoner” when their vehicles were locked in a council-run car park. A disabled pensioner, a pregnant woman and an eight-week-old baby were among those stranded when wardens locked the gates of the pay and display in Newham last night. Tahir Ahmad, 31, who lives four miles away, has used the car park in Shaftesbury Road for several years and understood its operating hours were 8am to 8pm, after which parking was free. But an apparent rule change means it is now locked at 9pm. Mr Ahmad claimed that signs warning of the policy were “microscopic”.

He parked at 8pm last night to go shopping with his wife and three young children but when he returned at 9.03pm he found his car was locked in and they had been given an £80 penalty notice. Mr Ahmad said: “Some people said it felt like they were being held in prison. There was no clear signage that the car park closed after 9pm. The warden pointed at yellow signs at the side of the car park. They were smaller than an A4 piece of paper.”

A council spokeswoman said: “The operating hours have been in place since June 2011 and are clearly signposted… Police were called as a number of people had ignored the signage and could not remove their vehicles.”

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Re: Newham sustaining their reputation
« Reply #1 on: 17 July, 2015, 11:27:13 AM »
As indicated, this is nothing new from Newham, many (25 ish) years ago I had parked in the Stratford shopping centre car park on the station side around 18.00 to go up to the city for an event with my good lady. Parking was free after 20.00 I recall so I'd bought a ticket to take me past that time. On returning around 23.00 I found the roller shutter locked down on the exit but was able to climb in the open side of the car park. Amazingly the lock vanishing cream I had in my tool bag in the car worked a treat! No signage back then either...

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Re: Newham sustaining their reputation
« Reply #2 on: 26 July, 2015, 02:41:57 PM »
…………….Amazingly the lock vanishing cream I had in my tool bag in the car worked a treat!………….

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