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Sheen's father ill after car row
Meyrick Sheen as Jack Nicholson
Meyrick Sheen sometimes works as a Jack Nicholson look-alike
The father of actor Michael Sheen is in hospital after suffering a heart attack following a row with wheel clampers.

Meyrick Sheen, 66, collapsed at his Port Talbot home shortly after paying 200 to stop his car being towed away.

He had moved the untaxed vehicle from his driveway to allow workmen access, but it was clamped shortly after.

Speaking from hospital he said he was "livid" and was planning to appeal. The DVLA said the circumstances of the case would be 'carefully considered'.

Meyrick Sheen, who works as a look-alike of Hollywood star Jack Nicholson, said he had been keeping the car on his drive while waiting for a new part before taxing it.

His wife Irene said: "We had workmen coming to do the insulation and they asked Meyrick to move it. So he put it in a lay-by we have by the front of the house.


"It had only been there for half-an-hour when he was called because they (the DVLA) were putting it on the crane to take it away.

"Meyrick got really annoyed because of the injustice of it - he had to pay 200 there and then to have it back.

"I was out shopping and when I got back he was grey - I took him straight to hospital and he is now waiting for an angiogram."

Mr Sheen told the South Wales Evening Post: "I'm not a man who normally loses his temper, but I'm livid.

Michael Sheen
Michael is phoning every day to see how his father is
Irene Sheen, mother

"I've always abided by the law yet I was made to feel like a criminal."

The couple had been due to fly out to New York next month to watch their son - who was nominated at this year's Bafta's for playing Tony Blair in the award winning film The Queen - in his new Broadway play.

Mrs Sheen added: "The premier is on the 22nd and we were due to go on the 23rd for my 65th birthday.

"The important thing now is Meyrick's health and hopefully we can go later in the year.

"Michael is phoning every day to see how his father is."

A spokesperson for the DVLA said they were sorry to hear Mr Sheen was unwell.

He said: "The legislation supporting wheel clamping is tightly drawn and does not allow discretion when deciding whether evasion is accidental or deliberate.

"The DVLA operates a full and open appeals procedure. The circumstances of the case will be carefully considered."

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