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Wednesday, 2 September 2009

The Yorkshire Clamper on Friday

The Yorkshire Clamper - documentary in the First Cut series

Richard Wilcocks writes -

The notorious antics of the Changegate car park clampers have been spotlighted on this blog in the past. To find out what was said two years ago and read more recent comments, click HERE.

The director of this documentary, Leon Dean, first approached me more than a year ago, and a few of my observations are likely to be in there somewhere. I haven't seen the final version, so I'll be watching carefully this Friday on Channel 4 at 7.35pm.

Channel 4 publicity -

First-time director Leon Dean meets Britain's most notorious car clamper.

Ted Evans is the thorn in the side of the beautiful Yorkshire village of Haworth, the home of the Brontë sisters.

Residents spurn him and tourists fear him. He has been accused of immobilising a car while its driver was asleep, clamping a minibus for disabled children and clamping the prime minister of Australia.

In 2003 his company, Carstoppers, won the RAC Dick Turpin Award for the nation's worst clamper.

And Ted's car park ends up being debated in Westminster when he clamps former parliament speaker Betty Boothroyd.

4 comments:

  1. We hope that the Director of the programme gives him and his thugs a rough time, it is the intimidation that is a crime and the local Police should watch the Car Park and take action on these thugs

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  2. Good comments. It was good to see and hear from a member of The Bronte Society. It is a great pity that Haworth has become notorious because of the car park and the clampers rather than that it was where some of the greatest novels in the English speaking language were written.

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  3. Good comments. It was good to see and hear from a member of The Bronte Society. It is a great pity that Haworth has become notorious for the clampers at one of the car parks and the fact that it is where some of the greatest novels in the English speaking language were written has become somewhat overshadowed.
    IMS

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  4. we went to the car park and parked in a bay but ted said that it wasnt a bay when it was- it was clearly marked out!around 6 people were clamped and the police were even called to the scene.one woman was clamped for using a ticket that someone gave her with 2 hours left on it.he even made the fine higher making it £90 when it was £75 previously!he wanted it in cash and we didnt have any money on us at all so he threatened to bring a tow-truck.he even came up while we were still in the car and added more clamps to the other wheels because we couldnt afford to pay.later he came up and rattled the clamp tauntingly as if to tease us that it was in no way going to come off.we live at the other side of leeds and we had to call a friend to come and pick us up because we couldnt pay the fine.we had to wait three hours on a park bench as it was getting dark,to wait for him.all that the clampers did then was to park their truck at the rear of the car as if they were frightened we would drive off still....and they still have possession of our car.there thieves and nothing but.he didnt even show sympathy for the kids who went without food and simply stood outside the car for 5 hours in the cold!

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