Wrong car taken by debt collectors

Wrong car taken by debt collectors

Wrong car taken by debt collectors

First published in News by , Chief reporter

Bailiffs towed away the wrong man’s car after getting mixed up by his number plate. 

Anthony Francis’s Audi was plastered in stickers and then towed away from opposite his home in Boundary Road, Hove.

When Mr Francis tried to leave home, he found that his car was missing.

Fearing it had been stolen he called the police only to be told it had been impounded by bailiffs trying to reclaim a debt from the previous owner of his personalised number plate.

Mr Francis said: “I called the police but my car had been towed away. “They worked out that it had been impounded.

“I bought my personalised number plate from someone else and I’m guessing the debt was owed by them.

“If they had done a simple check with the DVLA they would have seen that it was not my car that they wanted.

“I spent the best part of a day trying to get the car back. “I did eventually manage to get it but I wasted almost a whole day and didn’t get so much as an apology. 

“It was extremely embarrassing having my neighbours see my car plastered in stickers and towed away. This could have been prevented if they had made a simple check.

“It was even parked on private land – you would think they would have to check with the land owner or the DVLA before removing a car in a situation like that.”

Mr Francis said that his car was seized by a debt collection agency called Ibis.

When The Argus contacted Ibis, staff directed us to Brighton and Hove City Council.

A council spokesman said that although the local authority was involved in the case he could not comment on it.

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7:02pm Mon 21 Jan 13

imnotpc says...

Ibis...what a complete bunch of unprofessional wa***rs.What a lovely job you have
Ibis...what a complete bunch of unprofessional wa***rs.What a lovely job you have imnotpc
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7:15pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Hove Actually says...

How can it have been "impounded" if the legal owner had no dealings with this unprofessional company?

If Ibis and Brighton & Hove council cannot bother to explain this and apologise for there mistake people might think they don't care..........
How can it have been "impounded" if the legal owner had no dealings with this unprofessional company? If Ibis and Brighton & Hove council cannot bother to explain this and apologise for there mistake people might think they don't care.......... Hove Actually
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7:52pm Mon 21 Jan 13

bogs says...

Gold teeth, no neck and no brain by any chance?
Gold teeth, no neck and no brain by any chance? bogs
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7:59pm Mon 21 Jan 13

worthingite says...

More than meets the eye here !
More than meets the eye here ! worthingite
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9:20pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Tammy Flugh says...

N6 OLF is a personalised plate?
N6 OLF is a personalised plate? Tammy Flugh
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9:23pm Mon 21 Jan 13

pekkers says...

It appears to be on double yellows for a 'photo shoot'.........
It appears to be on double yellows for a 'photo shoot'......... pekkers
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1:52am Tue 22 Jan 13

matlock says...

IBS
IBS matlock
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