VANDALS have defaced a set of pay meters at a car park patrolled by a controversial car clamping firm.
The meters at the car park in Old Market Road, Cosham, were attacked in the early hours of last Sunday morning.
White shaving foam was sprayed on the machines, metal surfaces were scratched and gum was shoved in each of the meter’s change slots.
Parking signs, which warn that clampers City Watch Enforcement are monitoring the council-owned site, were also ripped down and left on the ground.
The signs have been replaced and the meters have been repaired – but the clampers say 24-hour CCTV will now be introduced at the car park to catch future would-be vandals.
Ryan Kenny, of City Watch Enforcement, said: ‘It is mindless criminal damage.
‘We will be installing CCTV at the car park.
‘We request anyone who may of witnessed this to come forward with any information relating to this matter.’
Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt, warned people that the pay meters were separate from the actions of City Watch clampers.
She said: ‘I understand people’s anger and frustration, but vandalising the machines is not the answer.
‘Revenue from tickets goes back to the shops and the upkeep of the car park. City Watch only make their money from clamping.’
As previously reported in The News, Ms Mordaunt will meet with the Security Industry Authority – which has the power to revoke a clamper’s licence – on Monday to see if it has the power to remove City Watch Enforcement from the car park before its contract expires in April.