A bite to eat costs clamped dad £150

Paul Clark, who had his car clamped with his family inside it, at the Village Cleaners car park, Mytholmroyd.

Paul Clark, who had his car clamped with his family inside it, at the Village Cleaners car park, Mytholmroyd.

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ANOTHER irate driver has voiced anger at being caught by clampers.

Paul Clark, from Salterhebble in Halifax, is one of the most recent to fall victim to the company operating in the car park next to Village Cleaners in George Street, Mytholmroyd.

He said he parked there so he could get his seven-month pregnant wife some food as she was feeling ill and needed something to eat.

He said he had only been gone a few minutes when he got a call from his wife saying they had been clamped while she and their three children were in the car.

He said: “I drove past their van but I didn’t know they what they were doing.

“I thought they were something to do with the building work going on there. We didn’t see the signs. They’re on the back wall and we parked on the other side and they aren’t at eye-level.

“A £150 fine at Christmas couldn’t come at a worse time for my family.

The Courier reported on Saturday how a 62-year-old grandmother and three-year-old twins were in a car in the same car park unaware it had been clamped.

When Joanne Hutchinson, 34, returned within two minutes, she found herself with a £150 fine.

The clampers are Car Stoppers (Haworth) which have been criticised in the wider press previously.

Nathan O’Brien, who runs Village Cleaners, brought in the private parking-enforcement firm to protect spaces for his customers.

He has told the Courier in the past that the private car park sign was ineffective and he was losing business because customers could not find space in the car park.

He said he pays rent for the car park but people have been using it for hours at a time.

Mr O’Brien doesn’t pay the clampers anything and the clamper keeps the fines.