Tilney All Saints man calls for apology after bailiffs nearly seize wrong car

Robert Ecclestone with the paperwork and his car, that was nearly clamped outside his Tilney All Saints Home. ANL-151008-080152009
Robert Ecclestone with the paperwork and his car, that was nearly clamped outside his Tilney All Saints Home. ANL-151008-080152009
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A Tilney All Saints man is demanding an apology after bailiffs almost seized his car by mistake.

Robert Ecclestone nearly lost his Volvo estate car to debt collectors who were after a different man.

The bailiffs had been appointed by West Norfolk Council to recover £392 worth of parking fines from William Freeman, who drives a Nissan.

Mr Ecclestone said he had allowed Mr Freeman to use his home in Spire View as a postal address.

He has now written a letter to the council demanding an apology.

Mr Ecclestone said: “I am very unhappy and I want an assurance that this is not going to happen again.

“They should be more careful. A council has a duty to be certain about property they are interfering with. I live in a rural area and rely on my car.”

Mr Ecclestone received a phone call from a neighbour at about 9.30am on Thursday last week to state that two people were about to wheel clamp his car.

He was then given a notice from an S Haywood from Northampton, who had been appointed to seize goods to claim back the £393 which was owed to the council.

Mr Ecclestone said: “I told them I wasn’t Mr Freeman and even brought out proof of my car tax notice, which had my name and registration number on it.

“My next door neighbour came to my rescue and confirmed my identity.

“His car is a Nissan and mine is a Volvo, they are completely different.

“If my next door neighbour had not phoned me, my car could have been gone before I realised. I am livid.”

A council spokesperson said: “We have received a letter from Mr Ecclestone and would like to reassure him that we will respond fully once we have had the opportunity to investigate the matter with the bailiffs.”