Police called after clampers target shoppers

Tactics prompt numerous complaints

Car clampers preying on shoppers could be acting unlawfully by expanding their hunting ground without permission.

The tactics of Excel Security have prompted numerous complaints from Citizen readers since it started clamping cars parked in the private Stephenson House car park in Bletchley last November.

And on Monday afternoon the situation took a dramatic turn when police were called after they clamped cars on the nearby Co-op site, demanding a 150 cash release fee from motorists.

Suhail Hanif was one of them. "I called the number on the sticker," he said. "Moments later a silver van arrived and two men got out asking for the money."

The property consultant called the Co-op's land agent who confirmed Excel Security had no permission to operate there.

But the clampers refused to release his car unless he paid up.

"I needed my car and reluctantly agreed but asked for a receipt, which they issued before driving off into the nearby Aldi car park."

UK law says clampers must produce a current Security Industry Authority licence and written consent from the owners of land where they operate.

An Excel Security clamper had a valid clamping licence from the SIA but could not confirm the Co-op had authorised their operation.

Excel Security had not returned numerous requests for comments at the time of going to print.

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