Police fail to answer FOI request

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Norfolk Police has been unable to provide the number of motorists who have been charged for the recovery of their vehicles.

The Lynn News submitted a Freedom of Information request to the force following our story on John Lockwood, who was sent a bill for more than £150 for the return of his stolen moped.

Mr Lockwood, of Walker Street, Lynn, told the Lynn News in December that he happily agreed for police to keep his vehicle to collect evidence, but could not afford to get it back.

Among the questions posed to police, we asked how many victims of motor theft incurred a charge for the recovery of their vehicle.

The police’s response to our request states: “The constabulary does not hold details of the number of victims who have incurred a charge for the recovery of their vehicles or the amounts paid. This information is held by the vehicle recovery companies.”

Officers may arrange for the removal of illegally, dangerously or obstructively parked vehicles, broken down vehicles or stolen/abandoned vehicles using legislation contained in Section 99 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. Police say this act allows them to recover the costs from the owner.

Current charges are charges are set out in the Removal,Storage and Disposal of Vehicles Regulations 2008.