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Wednesday, 11 December, 2002, 12:10 GMT
Man's anger at 'crazy car decision'
Toyota vehicle
The Toyota Picnic is blocking Mr Windo's garage
Police have told a Gloucester man he risks breaking the law if he forces his way into a vehicle which has been parked in his drive, blocking his own car in a garage.

The mystery car has been parked across Roger Windo's drive since Sunday morning.

He has established it does not belong to any of his neighbours in Kingsholm Road.

But neither the police nor Gloucester City Council will help because the T-reg Toyota Picnic is not causing a public obstruction.


I can't get my own car out of the garage through no fault of my own

Roger Windo

Police told Mr Windo they could not disclose the identity of the owner because giving him the information would break data-protection legislation.

They also warned him he could face prosecution for criminal damage if he tried to break into the vehicle to move it.

"It's crazy," said Mr Windo. "I have a relative in hospital in Standish and have had to take a taxi to visit them, because I can't get my own car out of the garage through no fault of my own.

'Criminal damage'

"But the police say the car is legal because it is taxed.

"And because it is on private property it is not causing a public obstruction, so there is nothing they can do."

A spokesman for Gloucester Police said: "The van is in private property.

"If it was causing an obstruction we would get it towed away, but now we have handed the matter over to the city council.

Seven days

"The van is actually registered to a leasehold company and they won't tell us who was driving it at the time."

A spokesman for Gloucester City Council said it would take action when it received official notification of the vehicle in writing.

It would then place a sticker on the vehicle, giving the owner a further seven days in which to remove it.


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