I was contacted yesterday afternoon by a gentleman who had his car towed away by Kent Police after he was forced to abandon it in Blue Bell Hill in Wednesday night's snow storm. The car has been impounded in Queenborough on the Isle of Sheppey and it will cost £150 to release it plus a further £20 extra for each day it is held. His story is similar to others including a lady from Ditton who has been talking about her experience on local radio and television.
There are a number of questions that need to be answered here:
1) Cars that are abandoned don't tend to be blocking roads etc - most get pushed into the sidings as much as possible - so if they weren't in a dangerous place why were they towed;
2) If they were going to be towed why weren't the owners notified - with the overwhelming amount of information about each and everyone of us on State-controlled databases, I find it almost impossible to believe that the police couldn't match a registration number with a telephone number; and
3) Why Queenborough?! It's 20 miles away for starters and this morning BBC Radio Kent is reporting that the Sheppey Bridge is closed due to the bad weather so even if owners wanted to go pick them up they can't! It is totally impractical especially since the owners now don't have a car and it is almost impossible to get there by public transport.
I have contacted Kent Police and asked for an explanation.