Spennymoor van theft victim must pay to retrieve his damaged vehicle

The Northern Echo: Van owner Gary Clayton. Van owner Gary Clayton.

A MAN whose van was stolen from outside his house and then damaged when recovered by police is angry after being left to foot the bill.

Gary Clayton says it will cost him more to reclaim his Ford Transit, stolen from Rowan Court, Spennymoor, County Durham, last weekend, than the vehicle is worth if he wants it back.

Police recovered it on Thursday and it was taken to a secure compound.

To have it released, Mr Clayton must pay £150 and also faces a bill of about £120 to replace three tyres damaged when a stinger device was used by police to stop it.

“It stinks," he said "I’m the victim here and even though the police have got the van back, I will be out of pocket.

“There is no justice when someone dares to take something of mine, from outside my home, and I get billed for it.”

A spokesperson for Durham police said: “The standard fee that Mr Clayton will have to pay to recover his vehicle is set by Parliament and is a statutory payment which applies to the recovery of any stolen or abandoned vehicle.

“Police are obligated to use their powers under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and the Motor Vehicles (Removal & Disposal) Regulations 1986 to remove vehicles that are stolen or abandoned.”

She said that the stinger tactic is used by the road policing unit to safely stop a vehicle and minimise the risk to public safety.

“The repairs to Mr Clayton's vehicle caused by the stinger, as with the recovery fee, will be able to claimed back via his insurance,” she added.

But Mr Clayton said: “I don’t think I’ll bother getting it back, it is an old van and with those charges, the excess on my insurance and the loss of no claims, it isn’t worth it.”

  • A 19-year-old man appeared at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court charged in connection with the incident. He was remanded in custody and is expected to face trial in February.

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2:06pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Originalneilg says...

Who else does he think should pay for the damage?
Who else does he think should pay for the damage? Originalneilg

2:16pm Sun 12 Jan 14

wonderfish says...

Isn't that what insurance is for?
Isn't that what insurance is for? wonderfish

3:45pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Nicked says...

Sorry, I must have missed something in this article? Thief caught, vehicle recovered and all the owner is bothered about is his insurance excess?

Would this have been a story if he didn't get the van back and the thief wasn't caught? In which event he would still have to pay out insurance excess on his claim.......what exactly is he expecting....free recovery, repairs and a nice massage to top it off?
Sorry, I must have missed something in this article? Thief caught, vehicle recovered and all the owner is bothered about is his insurance excess? Would this have been a story if he didn't get the van back and the thief wasn't caught? In which event he would still have to pay out insurance excess on his claim.......what exactly is he expecting....free recovery, repairs and a nice massage to top it off? Nicked

3:47pm Sun 12 Jan 14

maur1 says...

why should he be out of pocket, person that stole it should pay. once you claim on car insurance you then loose no claims after all its the thief to blame.
why should he be out of pocket, person that stole it should pay. once you claim on car insurance you then loose no claims after all its the thief to blame. maur1

4:26pm Sun 12 Jan 14

bishop1 says...

surely his insurance company should be paying for the charges as this is why we have the fire/theft element of our insurance .
maybe if the 19 year old is convicted the insurers can then pursue the toe rag for their money back .
surely his insurance company should be paying for the charges as this is why we have the fire/theft element of our insurance . maybe if the 19 year old is convicted the insurers can then pursue the toe rag for their money back . bishop1

4:43pm Sun 12 Jan 14

fakeycakemaker says...

'Its behind you!!'
'Its behind you!!' fakeycakemaker

7:22pm Sun 12 Jan 14

NO EINSTEIN says...

Give the thieving scum bag to the victim to spend an hour in a locked room, so he can put his point over.
I suspect after, he won't give a T---s about the money.
Give the thieving scum bag to the victim to spend an hour in a locked room, so he can put his point over. I suspect after, he won't give a T---s about the money. NO EINSTEIN

8:00pm Sun 12 Jan 14

greenfinger says...

dont take it back, say it's not the van that was stolen, something has been done to it.
dont take it back, say it's not the van that was stolen, something has been done to it. greenfinger

8:03pm Sun 12 Jan 14

greenfinger says...

Originalneilg wrote:
Who else does he think should pay for the damage?
maybe the tozzer who stole it you retard! let me guess, you dont work, never have, claim benefits and expect the world to pick up the bill? what a ....... ....!
[quote][p][bold]Originalneilg[/bold] wrote: Who else does he think should pay for the damage?[/p][/quote]maybe the tozzer who stole it you retard! let me guess, you dont work, never have, claim benefits and expect the world to pick up the bill? what a ....... ....! greenfinger

8:20pm Sun 12 Jan 14

NO EINSTEIN says...

greenfinger wrote:
Originalneilg wrote:
Who else does he think should pay for the damage?
maybe the tozzer who stole it you retard! let me guess, you dont work, never have, claim benefits and expect the world to pick up the bill? what a ....... ....!
Well said Greenfinger
[quote][p][bold]greenfinger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Originalneilg[/bold] wrote: Who else does he think should pay for the damage?[/p][/quote]maybe the tozzer who stole it you retard! let me guess, you dont work, never have, claim benefits and expect the world to pick up the bill? what a ....... ....![/p][/quote]Well said Greenfinger NO EINSTEIN

10:36pm Sun 12 Jan 14

stevegg says...

This is what happens in our fantastic society today and why we are the worlds dustbin for low life. If you are a taxpayer you face the full wrath of the law because you are, in the main, law abiding and pay your way and are expected to pay all costs regardless of circumstances, no excuses or exemptions and the law makers know you will pay as you are honest. If you are a criminal and on benefits its still taxpayers who pick up the tab as any fine that is given is reduced significantly as its paid out of benefits (in effect by taxpayers) so your in a win win situation, commit crime with impunity at no cost to yourself - and we all know justice in this country is long gone. It doesnt pay to be honest and hardworking anymore as you get penalised and those who just take whats not theirs get everything.
This is what happens in our fantastic society today and why we are the worlds dustbin for low life. If you are a taxpayer you face the full wrath of the law because you are, in the main, law abiding and pay your way and are expected to pay all costs regardless of circumstances, no excuses or exemptions and the law makers know you will pay as you are honest. If you are a criminal and on benefits its still taxpayers who pick up the tab as any fine that is given is reduced significantly as its paid out of benefits (in effect by taxpayers) so your in a win win situation, commit crime with impunity at no cost to yourself - and we all know justice in this country is long gone. It doesnt pay to be honest and hardworking anymore as you get penalised and those who just take whats not theirs get everything. stevegg

7:53am Mon 13 Jan 14

Jackaranda says...

greenfinger wrote:
Originalneilg wrote:
Who else does he think should pay for the damage?
maybe the tozzer who stole it you retard! let me guess, you dont work, never have, claim benefits and expect the world to pick up the bill? what a ....... ....!
Calm down Dear, it's only a commercial!!
[quote][p][bold]greenfinger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Originalneilg[/bold] wrote: Who else does he think should pay for the damage?[/p][/quote]maybe the tozzer who stole it you retard! let me guess, you dont work, never have, claim benefits and expect the world to pick up the bill? what a ....... ....![/p][/quote]Calm down Dear, it's only a commercial!! Jackaranda

8:33am Mon 13 Jan 14

Darkroom Devil says...

What annoys me in these situations is the fact that the police can do a vehicle check within seconds and could easily contact the owner who could simply pick it up for free. But they don't. I imagine its incase they need evidence etc but that's the police's issue not the victims.

I remember a similar issue a while ago concerning a small bike that could have literally been carried back home.

It should be up to the owner to decide where it goes. Not the police.
What annoys me in these situations is the fact that the police can do a vehicle check within seconds and could easily contact the owner who could simply pick it up for free. But they don't. I imagine its incase they need evidence etc but that's the police's issue not the victims. I remember a similar issue a while ago concerning a small bike that could have literally been carried back home. It should be up to the owner to decide where it goes. Not the police. Darkroom Devil

9:16am Mon 13 Jan 14

Originalneilg says...

greenfinger wrote:
Originalneilg wrote:
Who else does he think should pay for the damage?
maybe the tozzer who stole it you retard! let me guess, you dont work, never have, claim benefits and expect the world to pick up the bill? what a ....... ....!
Well obviously the thief should pay and the van owner may be given damages but we both know he won't get whats owed. I work BTW, have done since leaving school. You need to chill a bit.
[quote][p][bold]greenfinger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Originalneilg[/bold] wrote: Who else does he think should pay for the damage?[/p][/quote]maybe the tozzer who stole it you retard! let me guess, you dont work, never have, claim benefits and expect the world to pick up the bill? what a ....... ....![/p][/quote]Well obviously the thief should pay and the van owner may be given damages but we both know he won't get whats owed. I work BTW, have done since leaving school. You need to chill a bit. Originalneilg

12:59pm Mon 13 Jan 14

BigTx1 says...

"it will cost him more to reclaim his Ford Transit...... than the vehicle is worth if he wants it back.......To have it released, Mr Clayton must pay £150 and also faces a bill of about £120 to replace three tyres damaged....."

To be honest mate, if your van isn't even worth £270, maybe its time to get a new one anyway!?!?
"it will cost him more to reclaim his Ford Transit...... than the vehicle is worth if he wants it back.......To have it released, Mr Clayton must pay £150 and also faces a bill of about £120 to replace three tyres damaged....." To be honest mate, if your van isn't even worth £270, maybe its time to get a new one anyway!?!? BigTx1

5:16pm Mon 13 Jan 14

No1 boss says...

There's the police caught the thief and people are still not happy.
If the police never caught the thief they would of been called all the names under the sun.
The rules seem to be set for vehicle recovery so why change it for 1 person
There's the police caught the thief and people are still not happy. If the police never caught the thief they would of been called all the names under the sun. The rules seem to be set for vehicle recovery so why change it for 1 person No1 boss

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