Fury after 'Manchester Airport customer' parks car on father's drive

Fury after 'Manchester Airport customer' parks car on father's drive

March 16, 2022

Father-of-two’s fury after a ‘Manchester Airport customer’ parks a Range Rover on his drive for FOUR days leaving him unable to access his bins – but says police did nothing because it ‘was not a criminal offence’

  • Zekarias Haile was unable to access his bins after a Range Rover blocked drive
  • 51-year-old had to wait four days for ‘Manchester airport customer’ to return  
  • Mr Haile called police who did nothing because it ‘was not a criminal offence’
  • He believes car belonged to holidaymaker flying from south Manchester air hub  

A father-of-two was left furious after a ‘Manchester Airport customer’ parked their Range Rover on his drive for four days leaving him unable to access his bins – but police did nothing because it ‘was not a criminal offence’.

Zekarias Haile, 51, woke up to find that a stranger had parked their car in the driveway of his home near Manchester Airport in Woodhouse Park, Wythenshawe on March 10. 

He believes the rogue vehicle belonged to a holidaymaker flying out from the south Manchester air hub, where parking is at a premium.

Mr Haile, who lives with his wife and two children, was left shocked when he had to wait four days for the driver to return, and couldn’t access his bins because of where the car was parked.  

Zekarias Haile, 51, (pictured) woke up to find that a stranger had parked their car in the driveway of his home near Manchester Airport in Woodhouse Park, Wythenshawe on March 10

Mr Haile believes the grey Range Rover (pictured) belonged to a holidaymaker flying out from the south Manchester air hub, where parking is at a premium

Mr Haile, a lecturer in engineering, said: ‘Someone, without my permission, had put the car there and they didn’t care. I just went out and it was there.

‘Then it was there Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. On Monday morning when we woke up it was gone.’

Mr Haile called the police, who said it was not a criminal offence and there was nothing they could do as his car, which he’d parked on the road, was not being blocked in.

The unwanted vehicle, however, had restricted easy access to the garden and their bins.

Mr Haile said: ‘I was very angry but I resisted doing anything to the car – just, I definitely didn’t feel all right about it.

‘We couldn’t access our garden and we couldn’t take out our bins.’

The family have been living in Wythenshawe for 14 years and are aware that rogue parking companies operate in the area.

They suspect that whoever left the grey Range Rover could have been working for one of these cowboy outfits.

Mr Haile added: ‘A lady who was out the front when it was left told me the driver was wearing a high-viz jacket so I do believe it was one of those companies.

‘My worry now is that, because I couldn’t do anything about it, it will happen again.

‘There are rogue parking firms who claim they are meet and greet and they just park in our area. It’s a violation of my private property.’

With official parking at Manchester Airport (pictured) not always a cheap deal for travellers, some firms looking to undercut them have been known to take short-cuts

Parking around Manchester Airport has long been a thorny topic.

In 2016, an investigation by the Manchester Evening News into firms parking holidaymakers’ cars in fields and pub car parks led to a crackdown, but the problem has since reared its head again.

With official parking at Manchester Airport not always a cheap deal for travellers, some firms looking to undercut them have been known to take short-cuts.

The business potential of parking has even led some homeowners to rent out their driveways for a quick buck.

However, Mr Haile has made it clear he has no interest in renting out his driveway, and certainly not to a stranger for free.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman confirmed the matter was not a criminal offence, but said the homeowners could approach the council and take civil action.

Parking around Manchester Airport (pictured) has long been a thorny topic. In 2016, an investigation into firms parking holidaymakers’ cars in fields and pub car parks led to a crackdown, but the problem has since reared its head again 

Manchester Airport said: ‘As well as our own wide range of products, there are many reputable operators that serve Manchester Airport.

‘We categorically do not condone the practices of rogue operators, including those that falsely imply customers’ cars will be parked in secure locations and whose activities blight surrounding communities.

‘We have worked closely with council trading standards teams and Greater Manchester Police over many years to combat this, and speak regularly with local councillors and residents about their concerns.

‘As passenger numbers continue to increase in the wake of the pandemic we will maintain our position on this, working closely with Manchester City Council and Greater Manchester Police.’

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