Mother furious as ‘airport holidaymaker’ leaves car on driveway for five days


Debbie Flynn lives just five miles away from Birmingham International Airport and she believes that her driveway has been sold to a holidaymaker through a fraudulent parking app. Ms Flynn and her partner Leon found a silver Vauxhall Mokka outside her garage.

Ms Flynn was totally baffled upon making the discovery and called West Midlands Police, who confirmed that the vehicle had not been stolen.

However, they also said they are powerless to move the offending vehicle as it is a civil matter.

Ms Flynn said: “It’s like the car just dropped out of the sky.

“It’s a complete mystery.”

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Because a driveway is part of a property, anyone parking on it technically counts as trespass.

This is a civil offence and not a criminal offence, explained John Charnock, of Stress Free Car Rental.

He has also said that if a car has up-to-date MOT, tax, insurance and is not in a position where it could cause danger to anyone around, the council is also powerless to move it.

Debbie has put out an appeal on Facebook but no-one has come forward.

She has chained up the tyre so if and when the driver returns, they will have to knock on her door and explain why they parked there.

Debbie added: “Police said there are parking apps used by scammers who advertise unsuspecting people’s drives as parking spaces and charge the car owners a fee.

“I want answers – when, how, why and who did you pay?

“We just have to sit and wait for the owners to return.

“It’s an absolute joke.

“I’m furious and disgusted that any Tom, Dick and Harry can park on your drive and you can’t do a thing about it.”


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