Driver slams police after car impounded

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The warden of Machrihanish’s bird observatory has criticised the police after he claims his car was lifted ‘illegally.’

Pensioner Eddie Maguire, 72, was stopped by police officers on Saturday February 2 at 4.15pm in Main Street, Campbeltown, for a routine check.

There was allegedly no insurance to cover his car for third party risks and the vehicle was seized.

Mr Maguire said: ‘I bought the car last August and it was road taxed from August 1, fully insured and MOT’d.

‘When the police stopped me they said there was a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) in force on my vehicle.

‘They contacted a bureau to stop my insurance because of the SORN.

‘The police confiscated my car and it was taken to Stag Garage, Lochgilphead.

‘I took the documents to the police the next morning and they found everything in order. An officer phoned the insurance company to check I was insured on February 2.

‘The police initially said they would get my car back from Lochgilphead.

‘Minutes later the police revoked this offer and said I would need to pay the £150 towing charge and £20 per day while the car was in storage and reclaim it from my insurance company.

‘My insurers told me there would be no refund because the police stopped me when the car was SORN’d

‘My car was lifted illegally by the police because if you have a car which is SORN’d it cannot have tax.

‘As a pensioner I cannot afford to lose all that money.’

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: ‘Police have been in contact with Mr Maguire and the incident is currently under review.’

Eddie Maguire, the warden at Machrihanish Seabird Observatory. 25_c26MBSO02_eddie_maguire