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Homeowner finds stranger's car parked on her driveway - and is shocked to learn law isn't on her side

Mirror logo Mirror 06/06/2018 Jamie Waller
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A homeowner found a stranger's car parked in her driveway - and was shocked to learn the law wasn't on her side.

There was no explanation as to where the vehicle came from and she'd never seen it before. When she contacted the police, she discovered that the law wasn't on her side. 

Despite what some may think, it isn't actually illegal, Grimsby Live reports.

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She was told that she could move the car but not damage it in any way, even though it was on her property. But officers immediately came in to help her move the car or clamp it.

A spokesman for North East Lincolnshire Council said: "As the land is privately owned it would usually be up to the landowner to arrange for the vehicle to be removed."

The woman appealed on Facebook to find the owner, to little success.

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"Does anybody know whose car this is? It's been parked on my drive since last night. Police have been notified," she wrote on the DN35 Crimewatch group.

"That's mad! It's not as if you live in the town centre or next to a football ground!I don't get why anyone would want to park on your drive!" One shocked Facebook friend wrote.

"Can only guess they have left it thinking it's a friends house or something."

Other people suggested blocking the car in so that it couldn't move, while some wondered who would have the nerve to park on a stranger's driveway.

The car mysteriously appeared on Friday and the homeowner moved it onto the road herself the following day. It is not known if it has been claimed yet.

The council doesn't classify a car that's been left in a troublesome spot as abandoned, even if it's obstructing access. They suggest that people contact Humberside Police on 101 instead.

When Grimsby Live checked, the vehicle had valid tax and MOT, meaning it is unlikely to be permanently abandoned.

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