Clamp News: Pensioner Gary Davies, 69, from Blackpool, Lancashire, was left fuming yesterday when he returned from a personal beauty appointment to find his mobility scooter had been clamped.
“I had just popped into Julie’s to get my nails done,” said Mr. Davies. “I left the scooter outside because Julie won’t have more than two scooters in there at any one time.”
“I was half an hour tops, but when I came out and saw the clamp I was absolutely gobsmacked. I almost had another heart attack. It left me feeling shocked and humiliated.”
Mr. Davies, a Falklands War veteran and grandfather of four, described the incident as ‘typical of greedy Britain’.
“People think things are tight now, but when I was young we couldn’t even afford money.”
“It’s just the council trying to grab every penny.”
Cash-strapped Blackpool council say they regret the incident but deny that they are ‘squeezing the vulnerable’, and refuse to admit that the fact that clamping vans are carrying mobility scooter-sized wheel clamps is proof that they are actively clamping mobility scooters.
“That was just luck,” says Councillor Barry Giffen.
“Sometimes the clamps come off the production line small. Sometime you can get two clamps welded together. In that regard they are very much like Maltesers.”
Story: Jasper Gibson