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Drivers fined £70 after ‘fake valetes charge them £10 to park on the road’

Motorists have been fined £70 after one claimed they had been charged £10 by fake car keepers.

Tom Coulton, 37 years old and his partner from Wigan, Greater Manchester, drove 20 miles to Victoria Warehouse near Old Trafford to see new soul perform Jungle on September 17.

Tom Coulton said he gave £10 to two men in hi-viz jackets to park the car

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Tom Coulton said he gave £10 to two men in hi-viz jackets to park the carCredit: MEN Media
A few days later he was given a parking fine from Old Trafford Council

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A few days later he was given a parking fine from Old Trafford CouncilCredit: MEN Media

Since they had never been to the Stretford venue before, the couple decided to take other vehicles to also attend the show.

Tom said they came across several yellow metal parking signs, with lots of cars going in the same direction.

Other drivers appeared to be handing cash to two men in yellow jackets with high visibility, and appeared to be directing people to park on the sidewalk.

Tom said: “I think we paid a payer and cashed one of the men directly.”

He said they were instructed to park on Pomona Strand – about a 10-minute walk from the site – but were not given a parking ticket or any proof of purchase.

Tom had a “gut feeling” that something was wrong, so decided to film the so-called flight attendants on his phone.

He said, “I think to protect myself, I’ll just make videos of these people. If there’s something devious, I don’t want to be tied down.

“We got to the show and everything was fine. Everyone else was going out and collecting their cars.”

Tom went home and thought nothing of the matter, until last Thursday when he received a £70 fine from Old Trafford Council.

The letter said he had illegally parked on the double yellow line and had failed to pay the reduced amount during the 14-day grace period.

Tom said: “A letter arrived from Trafford Council with the parking fee and exact date and time since the show.

“They said we ignored the first notice and had 14 days to pay the full amount.

“But I didn’t receive a letter that made me think the valet from the council came and put the tickets in the car and the men took them off to remove any suspicion.

“We have disputed the penalty online but have yet to receive a response.”

REPORT ‘SCAM’ TO COPS

Tom said he has since reported the incident to Greater Manchester Police and has been given a crime reference number.

He said it had “infuriated him” and that he believed the men involved would make several hundred pounds from the evening.

“It’s a pretty long road and there’s a lot of other cars parked there – maybe about 100,” said Tom.

“They wear high-visibility jackets but they don’t say anything on it.

“I was very angry.”

A spokesman for Trafford Council said: “Council took enforcement action on Pomona Strand on this day in relation to vehicles parked on double yellow lines.

“We will respond to claims once they have been reviewed and will provide a discounted payment amount if necessary.

“It is illegal for anyone to receive cash for parking on a public motorway and Council will advise anyone writing to report this to Greater Manchester Police.”

In a separate statement, the spokesperson added: “Council has received emails mentioning people are being asked to pay cash for parking on a public highway.

“This is a matter for Greater Manchester Police and should be reported to the GMP.”

Tom said he reported the 'scam' to the police

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Tom said he reported the ‘scam’ to the policeCredit: MEN Media
Tom disputed the fine from Old Trafford Council

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Tom disputed the fine from Old Trafford CouncilCredit: MEN Media
Tom and his partner drove to the Victoria Warehouse to see the new Jungle soul in action

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Tom and his partner drove to the Victoria Warehouse to see the new Jungle soul in actionCredit: MEN Media

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