Police are being ‘grossly unfair’

John Lockwood with the first letter police sent him about costs for recovering his stolen moped. The bill now stands at �290
John Lockwood with the first letter police sent him about costs for recovering his stolen moped. The bill now stands at �290
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Police are being “grossly unfair” by asking a moped owner to pay £290 to get his vehicle back after it was stolen, an MP has said.

John Lockwood, 23, of Walker Street, Lynn, has told police he cannot afford to pay and the moped only cost him £80, as previously reported in the Lynn News.

Henry Bellingham, MP for North West Norfolk, said: “I was very surprised to learn that John is being charged for storage. This seems grossly unfair.

“I don’t doubt that there might be some circumstances when it would be appropriate to levy a charge for storage, but in this case it just seems completely unjust.

“I’ve been in touch with the Chief Constable, Simon Bailey, and I asked him for an urgent response.”

Mr Lockwood was originally asked to pay £150 to cover the costs of a recovery firm instructed by the police, but daily storage fees are being added. On Monday, police wrote to him to say they were prepared to freeze the bill at £290, but the vehicle will be disposed of in 14 days.

Mr Lockwood is outraged especially as he says the moped was found the same night it was stolen thanks to his detective work. He posted a picture of the moped on social networking site Facebook soon after it was stolen and a user of the site spotted and reported it.

He said: “I’m so angry. Surely the person who stole my moped should pay.”

Norfolk Police has said the law allows it to levy the charge on owners for the recovery of stolen vehicles.