Stranger dumps Range Rover on dad’s driveway near airport – then jets off abroad

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A man has spoken of his shock at finding a random person's car parked in his driveway – and it was left there for four whole days.

Zekarias Haile, 51, claimed that the owner of the grey Range Rover was a holidaymaker flying out of nearby Manchester Airport.

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, he 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.

“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."

Mr Haile, a father of two, was told by a neighbour that the person who owns the car was spotted wearing a “high-viz” jacket, which means that it could have been dumped there by a “rogue” parking firm.

He also confirmed that he has no plans to rent out his driveway to those attempting to avoid the airport's high parking charges.

Greater Manchester Police said that the issue was not a criminal offence, but that action could be taken through the local council or civil courts.

A Manchester Airport spokesman said: “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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