Shopping in the sales? Beware of clampers

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MOTORISTS continue to be caught out by a controversial clamping firm at a Cosham car park.

City Watch Enforcement is continuing its patrols at a council-owned car park on Old Market Road, in Cosham.

More than 400 motorists have been hit by hefty £205 parking fines since City Watch moved in last summer.

The clamping firm has pocketed more than £40,000 from motorists parking without paying at the car park and at nine adjacent spaces behind the Iceland store.

The firm continued to operate in the run-up to Christmas – and will still be clamping as the sales start.

Before Christmas, reporter Miles O’Leary from The News dressed as Santa to warn shoppers of the clamping threat.

City Watch later released a statement saying it had clamped nine shoppers after the reporter left.

Ryan Kenny, of City Watch Enforcement, which has offices in Enfield, Greater London, said: ‘We thank The News for its assistance.

‘Despite its best efforts in warning motorists and advising them to pay to park, nine vehicles were still clamped on the day. It seems like the effort was sadly destroyed by diligent and unlawful trespassers parking on our client’s car park without wanting to pay to use it.’

Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt has set up an investigation with the Security Industry Authority (SIA) – which licenses clampers – into the behaviour of City Watch.

She said: ‘I hope the investigation can be concluded in the new year. I have exchanged emails with the SIA and I am confident that they are looking into things thoroughly.’