Man accused of clamping Queen’s Royal protection car in Portsmouth

Her Majesty The Queen as she left the M.V. Leander which was alongside at Gunwharf Marina, after taking lunch with its owner Sir Donald Gosling '''Picture: Malcolm Wells (111933-4602)
Her Majesty The Queen as she left the M.V. Leander which was alongside at Gunwharf Marina, after taking lunch with its owner Sir Donald Gosling '''Picture: Malcolm Wells (111933-4602)
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A clamper has denied obstructing a police officer who was protecting the Queen on an unannounced visit to Portsmouth.

Gareth Andrews, who works for Shoal Enforcement, is accused of clamping an unmarked police car at Gunwharf Quays.

The car had been sent to Gunwharf Quays as part of the security operation for the Queen’s visit on May 25.

The vehicle was allegedly parked in a residential space near the Blue Building when the alleged incident happened.

Andrews, 38, of Privett Road, Fareham, was arrested at the scene.

Wearing a grey polo shirt with the Shoal Enforcement logo emblazoned on it and black trousers he spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth at Portsmouth Magistrates Court.

Andrews pleaded not guilty to a charge of obstructing PC Mark Cox while in the execution of his duty.

He also denied a charge of contravening the conditions of a licence under the Private security industry act 2001 by not displaying his SIA badge.

Bill Charlton defending said: ‘It was an initial exchange between my client and the officer he says the officer declined to show any kind of identification.

‘He then phoned his superior and whilst on the phone to his superior the officer then allegedly grabbed his ear piece, produced his warrant card and arrested him for obstructing the police.’

District Judge Anthony Calloway adjourned the hearing for a trial at Portsmouth Magistrates Court on August 19.

Andrews was released on bail.