Mum punched and kicked clamper in row over £125 fine

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A MUM-OF-TWO attacked a clamper when she returned to her car to find it had been immobilised.

Nicola Gordon, a part-time secretary, then tried to prise the clamp off before starting her car to drive away.

The clamper, Andrew Dorey, used his van to block her into the car park at The Heroes pub in London Road, Waterlooville.

The drama came to an end when the police arrived and arrested 45-year-old Gordon.

Gordon had parked at the pub, which had signs warning about clamping, and gone to the nearby McDonald’s with her young son, Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court heard.

When she returned she spoke to Mr Dorey who said it would cost £125 to release the Ford Mondeo. Gordon swore at the clamper then punched him and kicked him in the leg. He went into the pub to get away and she followed him, continuing to shout abuse. Gordon chased Mr Dorey around the pub as he called the police, despite her son becoming upset and begging her to stop.

Prosecutor Andrew Newman said Gordon then tried to free her vehicle.

‘She pulled the clamp as far from the wheel as possible and then stood on it to break it,’ he said. Her father eventually arrived and paid for the release of the car.

Gordon, of The Dale, Waterlooville, pleaded guilty to common assault following the incident on September 24.

Just days later, on October 1, clamping on private land was outlawed in England and Wales.

Rebecca Strong, defending, said the clamper, who was working for BSG Security, was obnoxious to Gordon.

‘But she accepts that she should not have reacted in the way she did,’ she said.

‘This is her first time in court and she is extremely ashamed of herself for being here.’

The magistrates fined her £60 and ordered her to pay £100 in costs.

Chairman of the bench Stephen Waller said: ‘We have listened to all the aspects of this case.

The whole scenario is one we recognise but there is no excuse for what you did.’

The court decided not to make Gordon pay compensation. ‘There were no particular injuries sustained by Mr Dorey to make a claim for compensation,’ Mr Waller said.

Andy Howley, who runs BSG Security, said: ‘The guy was out there doing a legitimate job and he is not there to be kicked and punched.