Thursday, October 20, 2016

Couple unhappy about police officer leaving his footprints all over their newly-laid driveway

A police officer allegedly ruined a couple's newly-laid driveway when questioning them over a stolen Porsche car. Simon and Susan Walker claim he left his size nine prints all over their driveway at their home near Stockport, Greater Manchester. To make matters worse, their new £55,000 Porsche Cayenne 4.8 Turbo was subsequently seized in a fraud probe. Greater Manchester Police (GMP) are investigating but confirmed that Mr and Mrs Walker are not car theft suspects.

The couple, from Hazel Grove, have made a formal complaint and want GMP to pay for repairs, which they say will cost £16,000. The couple say they have been left £71,000 out of the pocket because of their ordeal. Mr Walker, 49, said GMP had refused to pay for a new driveway as there was no sign indicating it was still wet at the time of the officer's visit. He said: "It's absolutely ridiculous. There was red tape across the entrance to the drive.

"But the officer just pushed open the gates. When we told him the driveway was new he said: 'I thought it was a bit sticky'. This whole thing has been a nightmare - we are £70,000 out of pocket and I was treated like a criminal. We cannot just repair the driveway as it is natural stone - it needs replacing." His 52-year-old wife said: "It has been horrendous." Mr Walker, who runs a dog hydrotherapy business, was twice questioned by police investigating the theft of a car.

The couple had decided to treat themselves to the Porsche as a 25th wedding anniversary present in August 2015. They bought it from a garage in Greater Manchester which is now under investigation after the car's owner complained he had not been paid by the garage owners. Mr Walker added: "The police passed on our details and 10 enforcement officers came to take it away. We will not get it back." A GMP spokesman said: "We have received a complaint and are investigating."

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