Busi­ness owner used cus­tomers cars parked as they hol­i­dayed

Air­port park­ing boss ‘brazenly’ used clients’ ve­hi­cles for per­sonal er­rands

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Salina Pa­tel salina.pa­tel@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A BUSI­NESS­MAN has been banned from driv­ing for five years af­ter he was found to have been driv­ing cus­tomers’ cars parked near Heathrow Air­port while they were on their hol­i­days.

Devin­der Singh, 30, of Cygnet Av­enue, Feltham, scammed cus­tomers by us­ing the ve­hi­cles that had been entrusted to him through his YesPark­ing busi­ness in The Com­mon, West Dray­ton, to run per­sonal er­rands.

The con came to light af­ter one cus­tomer no­ticed their Range Rover Sport had less fuel and higher mileage and had also been cleaned when they re­turned to col­lect it.

A track­ing de­vice fit­ted to the ve­hi­cle also showed the car had been parked at a num­ber of ad­dresses in­clud­ing Singh’s home dur­ing the pe­riod the cus­tomer was away.

On col­lec­tion of the ve­hi­cle they also no­ticed the set­ting was in the “of­froad” po­si­tion – which was never used.

He pleaded guilty to driv­ing whilst dis­qual­i­fied; driv­ing with­out in­surance; and tak­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle with­out the owner’s con­sent.

He was sen­tenced to six weeks sus­pended for a year, a five-year dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion from driv­ing and or­dered to pay £350 costs and an £80 vic­tim sur­charge, on Thurs­day May 26 at Eal­ing Mag­is­trates’ Court.

Mr Singh also runs a sec­ond busi­ness pro­vid­ing the same ser­vice called HeathrowPark­ing 24-7, for mo­torists who want to leave their car in stor­age while they fly from Heathrow Air­port.

Singh was in­ter­viewed un­der cau­tion fol­low­ing the com­plaint and charged with the of­fences.

The shrewd busi­ness­man had pre­vi­ously been con­victed of sim­i­lar driv­ing of­fences in re­la­tion to his busi­ness and has re­ceived a num­ber of sus­pended sen­tences.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Ian Robin­son of avi­a­tion polic­ing, part of the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice, said: “This was a be­trayal of his cus­tomers’ trust by brazenly us­ing their cars while they were away on hol­i­day with­out their knowl­edge.

“He would have con­tin­ued to do this had he not been caught.

“The trav­el­ling pub­lic must be care­ful to use rep­utable com­pa­nies when leav­ing their mo­tor ve­hi­cles whilst trav­el­ling from Heathrow Air­port.”

n BANNED FROM DRIV­ING: Devin­der Singh used cars parked at his busi­ness in West Dray­ton

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