A Porsche owner engaged in a face-off against council workers who were trying to tow his prized supercar – and won.
Peter Fennell was frustrated to wake one morning to discover his red Porsche 944 had been slapped with a parking ticket after he forgot to move it after parking on a double yellow line.
But he was enraged when less than an hour later he discovered a tow truck had arrived to carry his vehicle away to a pound before he’d even had a chance to deal with the parking fine.
In an act of protest, the 52-year-old businessman grabbed a chair and plonked himself in front of the lorry that was due to carry his car away.
His wife also joined the protest, standing behind the truck to ensure it couldn’t reverse and escape.
There followed a five-hour standoff as neither Mr Fennell nor the council workers operating the tow lorry would stand down.
However, the businessman was ultimately triumphant in his task – and the council workers backed down, agreeing not to take his car away.
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Ironically, the tow truck then broke down and was unable to drive off for another few hours as they waited to be jump-started outside the home in Highgate, North London.
Opening up about the ordeal, Mr Fennell told The Sun: “We got a parking ticket and that was fair enough, I had half the car on double yellows and forgot to move it in the morning.
“We all make these mistakes from time to time and a parking ticket is a bit of a bitter pill but fair enough.
“But then to come along three-quarters of an hour later to find your car being taken off to the pound by people who want to charge you £300 for the privilege.
“I just think is an outrage and very over the top and very un-English, disproportionate and unfair.”
The businessman went on to explain that, although he could afford to pay to have his car released himself, he has been outraged to see less affluent car owners in tears at car pounds as they can’t afford to have their vehicles released.
He hopes his protest will raise awareness of what he considers an injustice.
Meanwhile, Haringey Council have said of the incident: “We are aware of this case and are processing the details of the Penalty Charge Notice in order to take the appropriate action.”
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