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THE director of a controversial car clamping firm has been fined for two breaches of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading rules.

Kevin Stoke, 34, of City Watch Parking Enforcement Limited – which operates car parks behind shops in Cosham High Street – was yesterday found guilty of failing to clearly indicate that an extra five per cent charge is added to the clamping fee for credit card payments.

Stoke was also found guilty of failing to clearly indicate which parking bays in a car park were for pay-and-display use following a trial at Enfield Magistrates’ Court in Tottenham, north London.

However he was cleared of a third charge of engaging in an aggressive commercial practice.

Stoke was fined £1,500 and told to pay £15 to crime victims and £3,370 costs.

Portsmouth City Council is expected to take over the running of the Cosham car parks in April.