Mum furious after ‘airport holidaymaker’ leaves car on driverway for five days

Debbie Flynn’s home is just five miles from Birmingham Airport and she reckons her driveway has been sold to a holidaymaker through a fraudulent parking app

The silver Vauxhall Mokka was found parked on the driveway

A fuming mum thinks her driveway is being used by airport fraudsters after a mystery car parked outside her home for five days

Debbie Flynn and her partner Leon found the silver Vauxhall Mokka outside her garage, which is near to Birmingham International Airport.

She was totally baffled and called West Midlands Police, who confirmed it had not been stolen.

However, they also said they are powerless to move the offending vehicle as it’s a civil matter.

Her home is five miles from Birmingham Airport and she reckons her driveway has been sold to a holidaymaker through a fraudulent parking app.

Birmingham International Airport which is five minutes from Debbie’s home


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Debbie told BirminghamLive : “It’s like the car just dropped out of the sky. It’s a complete mystery.

“We don’t understand how or why this has happened but as the owner hasn’t returned all week, we suspect it’s due to someone selling a space on my drive close to the airport.”

She continued: “We went to bed about 10.30pm on Tuesday night and when my partner woke up the next morning, it was parked on our drive.

“The cheeky g**s opened my gate and parked it and shut the gates after leaving it on the grass.

“The police officer who came to see us said he had never seen anything like this in all his years. I am fuming because there is no law to stop anyone parking on your drive.

“It’s totally legal so the police can’t help. Yet if we try and move it and damage it, then we would have committed a criminal offence. The kids can’t even play outside on the drive now, in case they kick a ball or something and accidentally damage it.”

Because a driveway is part of a property, anyone parking on it technically counts as trespass.

This is a civil offense and not criminal, explained John Charnock, of Stress Free Car Rental.

The mystery car appeared on Debbie Flynn’s driveway five days ago



He has also said that if a car has up-to-date MOT, tax, insurance and is not in a position where it could cause danger to anyone around, the council is also powerless to move it.

Debbie has put out an appeal on Facebook but no-one has come forward.

She has chained up the tire so if and when the driver returns, they will have to knock on her door and explain why they parked there.

Debbie added: “Police said there are parking apps used by scammers who advertise unsuspecting people’s drives as parking spaces and charge the car owners a fee. I want answers – when, how, why and who did you pay?

“We just have to sit and wait for the owners to return. It’s an absolute joke.

“I’m furious and disgusted that any Tom, Dick and Harry can park on your drive and you can’t do a thing about it.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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