SO disturbed are the Sussex Police about rogue car parking near Gatwick Airport that they have resorted to Twitter to warn motorists about the dangers of leaving their cars with unlicensed and possibly illegal car park operators.
The comments, accompanying a scene of cars parked in the open in a muddy field reads “Flying from #Gatwick soon? Use an approved parking firm or your car could end up like this.”
This follows a visit by police officers and representatives of Horsham District Council and Trading Standards to an unidentified destination where they recorded hundreds of cars sitting in a muddy field with no security cameras or staff visible. What’s more, many of the cars were either unlocked or had their keys either taped to the windscreen or in the boot.
According to the police report, because the field was so muddy, many cars were literally bogged down and would have needed a tow truck to get them out.
The moral of this story as far as the police and trading standards are concerned is that motorists would be much safer to leave their cars with responsible and registered companies on or near to the airport where their cars will be relatively secure and ready to drive away when they return from their holidays.