Family’s CCTV fury after car left damaged

Emma McCormack-Purse  with her daughter Harleigh (11) and their 1996 'Classic' Mini that was damaged in the Waterlooville Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre car park area by another motorist''''Picture: Malcolm Wells (132088-2432)
Emma McCormack-Purse with her daughter Harleigh (11) and their 1996 'Classic' Mini that was damaged in the Waterlooville Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre car park area by another motorist''''Picture: Malcolm Wells (132088-2432)

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SWIMMING pool users Emma and Alan McCormack-Purse were shocked to find someone had crashed into their car and driven off without leaving a note.

And the couple were even more astonished when it emerged the pool had more than 20 cameras – but none in the car park.

Emma and Alan had taken their daughter Harleigh for a swimming lesson at Waterlooville Leisure Centre on Thursday.

When they left the pool, they found their classic Mini with its bonnet and bumper crumpled and headlights smashed.

Mr McCormack-Purse, 51, of Linkenholt Way in Havant, said: ‘It’s absolutely ridiculous.

‘We went inside to see if they had any CCTV and the staff inside were very kind and looked.

‘But it turns out they have something like 20 cameras and none in the car park.’

Havant Borough Council says the responsibility for CCTV coverage in the car park is down to the leisure centre operators, Horizon Leisure Trust.

But the trust’s chief executive, Howard Broad, says it’s down to the council.

Mr Broad said: ‘The car park is owned by the council, and under our agreement customers have right of way over it to park their cars to access the centre.

‘We don’t have total control over the car park and we aren’t responsible for anything that goes on within it.

‘The council is responsible for the cameras on the outside because it’s their building. In any case, the building was leased in 1991 and we have only had two or three issues involving the car park in that time.

‘If it was regular occurrence then maybe (CCTV would need to be considered).’

A council spokeswoman said: ‘I can confirm we do not have any CCTV cameras in this area.

‘Havant Borough Council has an interest in Waterlooville Leisure Centre, however the matter for CCTV coverage in the car park is a matter for Horizon Leisure Trust.’