A BMW owner returned home from a stag do to find his pride and joy had been taken from his private parking space and crushed by council bosses.
Tim Pyke, 30, from Colchester, Essex, parked the blue 2002-reg BMW while he modified the motor to make it roadworthy once again.
But the BMW technician was stunned to return home from Spain and discover the car was missing and later learnt it was now nothing more than a metal cube.
As it was parked off the road, he says he also made a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) to avoid having to tax and insure the vehicle.
Colchester Council has claimed there was no SORN and no DVLA registered keeper so the car was classed as abandoned and taken away.
Tim said: “It was in my own parking space, they never made contact with me, they just took it and crushed it.
“The car was worth around £1,600 and I had around £1,500 worth of tools in the back.
“They’ve just taken my property without my consent and destroyed it. I’ve had no offer of compensation or even an apology.
“I am planning to take legal action to recover what is owed to me. It’s disgusting that this has been allowed to happen.”
Tim, who is single, bought the car earlier this year and planned to spend his spare time modifying it.
He claims he informed the DVLA he had bought the vehicle but did not need to tax or insure it as it was classed as being off-road.
A sign in the private car park at the flats where he lives in Colchester, Essex, also states, “No highways rights exist nor shall accrue beyond this point”.
But in April, residential management company PMS informed Colchester City Council that the car was abandoned – despite it being in Tim’s numbered parking space.
Council workers visited his address and slapped a 14-day notice on the BMW, informing him it should be removed within two weeks – or it would be taken away and destroyed.
Tim said: “I immediately phoned the council and told them it was my vehicle, in my space and that it hadn’t been abandoned.
“They said it was fine and accepted there had been an error. I thought no more about it.
“But 41 days later, I came home from a friend’s stag do in Spain to find the vehicle missing.
“They said it was because the car was not taxed, but it was off the road. It was completely ridiculous.”
“A number of my tools were stored in the car so I am at a severe loss.”
A spokesman from PMS said: “We were contacted by the directors of the residents’ management company at Albany Gardens regarding a car which they believed had been abandoned and we reported this to Colchester Borough Council.”
A Colchester Council spokesman said: “As there was no DVLA Registered Keeper or Statutory Off Road Notification, a notice was served on the vehicle the same day.
“Following the 14 day legal notice period and instructions from PMS Management Estates, the vehicle was then removed.”
In a similar case, earlier this year a motorist was given a parking ticket by an over-zealous warden for leaving his engine running on his own driveway.
Another traffic warden was caught trying to put a ticket on a car which had stopped on yellow lines as the driver suffered a medical emergency.
Meanwhile, a millionaire landlord who parked his £200,000 Ferrari 458 Spider had his car crushed after he parked it on the pavement as he appealed against a conviction at Birmingham Crown Court for wrongly booting tenants out of one of his properties.
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