Airport meet and greet parking firm DENIED ever having family’s car when they returned from holiday… until police found it parked in nearby road 35 days later with two flat tyres
- Arthur Morris said Manchester Airport Parking Services lost his £6,500 Peugeot
- Claims they denied ever having it until it was found badly damaged on estate
- Peugeot now has dents in the roof, a broken wing mirror, and two flat tyres
A family have claimed they came back from holiday to find a meet and greet firm had lost their car and then denied they ever had it.
Arthur Morris, 43, said that Manchester Airport Parking Services Ltd denied having his £6,500 Peugeot 3008 until it turned up 35 days after they arrived back in the UK.
The car was found vandalised on a nearby estate in Wythenshawe, with dents in the roof a broken wing mirror, a key scratch down the driver’s door, two flat tyres and damage to the bumper.
Mr Morris, who works as a paramedic, said: ‘To see our car like this is so sad. The whole thing has been a nightmare. The car’s trashed.
‘But for them to tell me for a month they didn’t have my car and that they’d never had it and then to find it in this condition is outrageous.
Arthur Morris, pictured with his wife Rebecca, said that Manchester Airport Parking Services Ltd denied having his £6,500 Peugeot 3008 until it turned up 35 days after they arrived back in the UK
The car (pictured) was found by police on an estate less than a mile away from the airport. The roof now has dents in it
‘The meet and greet worker who met me there said they would have left it there in a rush intending to move it to their compound but then it got lost.’
Rebecca and Arthur Morris say they left their car with the firm – which is not affiliated with Manchester Airports Group – on May 24, before flying along with their three children to Turkey for a two-week holiday.
When they returned to Manchester Airport to pick up their vehicle on June 8 at 5am, the couple say the firm told them they couldn’t find it, or their car key. A staff member then drove the family home to Horwich in Bolton.
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Mr Morris called the police and, in the days that followed, he says he repeatedly contacted the firm.
Manchester Airport Parking Services Ltd, whose website is Meet and Greet Manchester Airport Parking, said although they had Mr Morris’ £40 booking, they had never picked up his car.
A spokesperson said: ‘Regarding Mr Morris, they booked their meet and greet service with our company, and their vehicle was scheduled to be collected by one of our drivers on the May 24.
Manchester Airport Parking Services Ltd, whose website is Meet and Greet Manchester Airport Parking, said although they had Mr Morris’ £40 booking, they had never picked up his car
Mr Morris said: ‘They called me and admitted they had it [on Wednesday]. But for days and days they have been saying they never had my car. It’s unbelievable. I want to warn other people about this.’
‘However, after liaising with the police and looking through our records, it appears according to system that we did not collect the vehicle and the customers may have contacted a different meet and greet service on the day.
‘However, we are still cooperating with the police as the investigation is still ongoing.’
However, Mr Morris has said he had called the number on his confirmation email to get them to pick up the car – and the driver who arrived had all his booking details.
Mr Morris added: ‘They called me and admitted they had it [on Wednesday].
‘But for days and days they have been saying they never had my car. It’s unbelievable. I want to warn other people about this.’
A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson confirmed police were called at around 10.30pm on Friday, June 8, to a reports of a car theft.
He added: ‘A silver Peugeot 3008 motor vehicle was reported as having been stolen at some point between Thursday, May 24, and Friday, June 8, from an unknown location.
‘The car has since been recovered from Hilary Road, Manchester.’
Police said enquiries were ongoing. It remains unclear whether the car was stored elsewhere before it ended up on Hilary Road.
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