Man found guilty of clamping police cars

28/10/2011

Gareth Andrews was found guilty today at Portsmouth Magistrates' Court to obstructing police constables in the execution of their duty. He also pleaded guilty to failing to display his wheel clamper badge.

Following his conviction, Sophie Stevens, Senior District Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in East Wessex said: "Gareth Andrews has today been found guilty at Portsmouth Magistrates Court of obstructing police constables in the execution of their duty and pleaded guilty to failing to display his wheel clamper licence.

"The prosecution case was that on May 25 2011 Gareth Andrews clamped two police officers unmarked cars while they were operating in the Gunwarf Quays area of Portsmouth. As soon as one of the police officers realised that his vehicle was being clamped he advised the defendant to stop the clamping and alerted him to the fact that it was a police car. He also showed the defendant his warrant card to eliminate any doubt about his identification.

"Surprisingly this did not stop Mr Andrews, who carried on with clamping a second police car. Despite several warnings and advice from the police, Gareth Andrews refused to unclamp the two cars. He was then arrested for obstructing police constables in the execution of their duty and failing to display his wheel clamper licence.

"The District Judge today heard that Mr Andrews did not believe that the owner of the car was a police officer. He confirmed that the officer did show his warrant card but he still doubted his identity.

"After hearing both the prosecution and defence case the District Judge was satisfied that Gareth Andrews did obstruct the police constables in the execution of their duty and failed to display his wheel clamper licence."