Mystery of car parked on mum’s driveway by Birmingham Airport holidaymaker resolved

The mystery behind a car parked on a Midland woman’s driveway by someone believed to have jetted off on holiday from Birmingham Airport has been resolved. Debbie Flyyn was furious after getting up in the morning on Tuesday, April 12, to discover a Vauxhall Mokka on her driveway.

The only explanation she could come up with was that a holidaymaker had used her driveway, perhaps as a result of a booking via a parking app when traveling from Birmingham Airport, which is just a few miles from her home on Outmore Road, Garretts Green, Birmingham. The mum of two suspected fraudsters had sold her drive as a cheap parking spot for the airport after police confirmed the car was not stolen and her landlord said he knew nothing about it.

Debbie spent days wondering why the motorist had gone so far as to open gates to her drive to deliberately park there. Now she has found an answer, thanks to a note from her landlord.

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She received an email from her landlord, who had forgotten he’d registered for a parking app years ago. Debbie said: “One of the first things I did when I found the car was to ask the landlord if he knew anything about it and he said he did not. The landlord has since been in touch and said that years ago he opened a parking app for his drive.

“He has just checked his emails and a female driver has emailed him saying she has parked on his drive, gone on holiday and will be back next week. I can not believe it!”

Debbie added: “My first thought when it happened was that it was my landlord. I did send him a text that was not very polite but when the landlord made contact, he reassured me it was not his car.”



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Frustrated at the situation and unable to do much about it, Debbie and her partner Leon had put chains around the car’s wheels so the returning motorist would have to knock on her door and come up with an explanation for parking there. Now they have got to the bottom of the landlord’s lapse in memory, that will no longer be necessary.

Parking apps, where residents rent spaces on their property, have become a popular way to earn extra money, particularly for people living near airports, train stations and city center sites. However, they have also become targeted by fraudsters who get money off unsuspecting motorists to park at land they do not own.

When the car first appeared Debbie contacted West Midlands Police, but officers said they were powerless to move the Vauxhall Mokka from the grass verge of their drive as it was a “civil and not criminal matter”. If Debbie had damaged the car while trying to move it, she would be liable for an offense of criminal damage under the current law.

Debbie had described her confusion over the car when it first appeared saying it was like it “had just dropped out of the sky” and was “a complete mystery”. She said: “The cheeky g * ts opened my gate and parked it and shut the gates after leaving it on the grass.

“The police officer who came to see us said he had never seen anything like this in all his years.”

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