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    Man cuts up car in clamp protest

    Mr Taylor said he took the drastic action to make a point

    A man has sawn his car in half with an angle-grinder in protest at it being clamped outside his home.

    Ian Taylor, from Tredworth, Glos, said the untaxed Ford Fiesta was parked on his drive with only part of a rear wheel poking out on to the pavement.

    The 40-year-old builder said the vehicle was going to be scrapped anyway, but he wanted to make a point.

    A spokesman for NCP Services said half of the car was parked on the road and should therefore have been taxed.

    'Jobsworths'

    Mr Taylor bought the Fiesta for his stepson with the intention of restoring it, but it was beyond economical repair.

    "I told [my stepson] not to bother, so we parked it up, we were going to get rid of it. I came home from work the other day and it'd been clamped," he said.

    Mr Taylor said he made several efforts to explain that the car had a SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification) certificate verifying it had not been driven on the road and that it had been parked on his drive.


    The car was beyond repair and due to be scrapped anyway

    "We tried to talk to [NCP]. I said, 'you're not taking it'. I got my cutter and cut it in half," he said.

    "[I'm] happy I got one over on them. They're jobsworths, for the sake of an inch and a half on the path."

    James Pritchard, communications manager for NCP Services, said clamping staff had photographs to prove that half the car was on the public pavement.

    "We were astonished at the reaction this gentleman had to the fact we put a clamp on his car.

    Fortunately, the only damage was done to his car and as far as our people are concerned we stand by what they did

    James Pritchard, NCP Services

    "It was a remarkable incident which highlighted some of the problems my colleagues face while they're doing what is a very important job in ensuring that motorists tax their vehicle," he said.

    "And in cutting his car in two, he managed to put both himself at risk and also a number of bystanders - along with ourselves, the police had to be called and the fire brigade, as he set fire to the car while cutting it in two.

    "Fortunately, the only damage was done to his car and as far as our people are concerned we stand by what they did."

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    It was a BER right off anyway so at least he made his point. Probably get done for littering now.

    Well thats a different way to fight the system i suppose

    Lol, good on him for standing up to them i say

    Well he made the news I guess that was the initial idea.

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    Murielson;2080852

    It was a BER right off anyway so at least he made his point. Probably get … It was a BER right off anyway so at least he made his point. Probably get done for littering now.



    thinking same here -

    car was only worth a tenner so no big deal.

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    Bit more than an inch onto the pavement there, isn't it?

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    Bit more than an inch onto the pavement there, isn't it?

    dxx;2081097

    Bit more than an inch onto the pavement there, isn't it?



    That's after he's cut it!

    I don't get what he has done though. Does he now not have to pay a fine or something? Doesn't he still have to get rid of the car?

    Good for him :thumbsup:

    Nicely done!

    wow wish i could see their face
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