Man slapped with fine after being ‘scammed by fake parking attendants’ at gig

A man has been slapped with a hefty fine after claims he was scammed by fake parking attendants at a Victoria Warehouse gig. Tom Coulton, 37, and his partner drove to the venue to see Jungle on September 17, as they live over 20 miles away in Wigan. Because they had never been to the Stretford warehouse before, they decided to follow other vehicles also attending the concert.

:Man dies after entering into water at Salford Quays[1] Tom said they came across some yellow metal parking signs, with lots of cars appearing to move in the same direction. Other drivers appeared to be handing over cash to two men who were wearing high visibility jackets, and appeared to be directing people to park on the pavement.

“We paid a tenner I think it was and paid the cash directly to one of the men,” Tom said, speaking to the M.E.N. He says they were instructed to park on Pomona Strand – around a ten minute walk to the venue – but weren’t given a parking ticket or any proof of purchase.

Tom was instructed to park on Pomona Strand around a 10-minute walk to the venue

Tom said he had a “gut feeling” that something may not be right, so decided to film the so-called attendants on his phone. “I thought for my own protection I am just going to video these guys.

If there is something dodgy I don’t want to get shafted,” he said. “We went to the gig and everything was fine. Everyone else was coming out and collecting their cars.”

Tom went home and thought nothing of the matter, until last Thursday when he received a GBP70 parking fine from Trafford Council. The letter said he had parked on double yellow lines illegitimately, and that he had failed to pay the reduced amount in the 14-day grace period. “A letter came through from Trafford Council with the parking charge and the exact time and date from the gig,” Tom said.

“They said we had ignored the first notice and had 14 days to pay the full amount. “But I hadn’t received a letter which makes me think the parking person from the council has come along and put tickets on the cars and the men have removed them to remove any suspicion. “We have contested the fine online but haven’t heard anything back yet.”

Tom said he has since reported the ‘scam’ to Greater Manchester Police and has been issued with a crime reference number.

Man slapped with fine after being 'scammed by fake parking attendants' at gigThe parking fine Tom received from Trafford Council

He said the incident had “angered him” and he believes the men involved will have made a few hundred pounds from the evening. “It was quite a long road and there were lots of other cars parking there too – maybe around 100,” he said. “They were wearing high visibility jackets but they didn’t say anything on them.

“It’s angered me so much.” A spokesperson for Trafford Council said: “The Council did carry out parking enforcement action on Pomona Strand on this date concerning vehicles parked on double yellow lines.

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In a further statement, a spokesperson added: “The Council has received emails that refer to people being asked to pay cash to park on the public highway. “This is a matter for Greater Manchester Police and should be reported to GMP.” Greater Manchester Police have been contacted for comment.

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