Car abandoned on Cirencester roundabout for over three weeks after crashing before Christmas

Car abandoned on Cirencester roundabout for over two weeks after crashing before Christmas

Car abandoned on Cirencester roundabout for over two weeks after crashing before Christmas

Car abandoned on Cirencester roundabout for over two weeks after crashing before Christmas

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Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A CAR has been sitting in the middle of a Cirencester roundabout for three weeks after the driver was involved in a crash before Christmas.

The damaged vehicle has been left on the A429 Burford Road roundabout, by the Co-operative and Travelodge, for more than a fortnight, covered in police tape, with no owner arriving to reclaim it.

According to an employee at a nearby business, there has been a dispute between the police and the district council over which organisation is responsible for removing the car.

The police have said they know who the owner of the car is and that he has told them he would be recovering it.

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7:13am Sat 11 Jan 14

Olly Cromwell says...

With all that Police tape protecting this "crime scene" I'm shocked the photographer was not treated to some verbal threats from an out of control cop.
With all that Police tape protecting this "crime scene" I'm shocked the photographer was not treated to some verbal threats from an out of control cop. Olly Cromwell
  • Score: 5

11:48am Sun 12 Jan 14

David Broad says...

To be fair if you don't have fully comp insurance or have RAC recovery or similar getting a clearly written off car shifted can be a nightmare.
If it is scrap rather than being repaired a special scrap metal handling license is required by whoever takes it away and I think there are only two firms licensed to do this in the Cotswolds. As the car seems to be parked in a safe place and the owner is known and claims not to have abandoned it I don't suppose there is much the Police of GCC can do until the Tax runs out, even seizing the vehicle, which has wheel missing and presumably needs to be lifted, is going to be awkward and who are they going to get to do it? No this smacks of a triumph of bureaucracy over common sense. Perhaps as a first step someone could tidy up that unsightly Police tape, and maybe fix the battered and twisted road sign left over from a previous accident?
To be fair if you don't have fully comp insurance or have RAC recovery or similar getting a clearly written off car shifted can be a nightmare. If it is scrap rather than being repaired a special scrap metal handling license is required by whoever takes it away and I think there are only two firms licensed to do this in the Cotswolds. As the car seems to be parked in a safe place and the owner is known and claims not to have abandoned it I don't suppose there is much the Police of GCC can do until the Tax runs out, even seizing the vehicle, which has wheel missing and presumably needs to be lifted, is going to be awkward and who are they going to get to do it? No this smacks of a triumph of bureaucracy over common sense. Perhaps as a first step someone could tidy up that unsightly Police tape, and maybe fix the battered and twisted road sign left over from a previous accident? David Broad
  • Score: 6

2:40pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Geoff66 says...

Why doesn't the council just move it!!!
Why doesn't the council just move it!!! Geoff66
  • Score: 0

1:12pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Cotswold Lad says...

Leaving it on the roundabout for so long will cause a problem with the driver's insurance policy - maybe someone should tip them off?
Leaving it on the roundabout for so long will cause a problem with the driver's insurance policy - maybe someone should tip them off? Cotswold Lad
  • Score: -2

2:53pm Tue 14 Jan 14

daveglos says...

Surprised the scrap man has not taken it. Anything metal left on the side of the road normally gets taken!
Surprised the scrap man has not taken it. Anything metal left on the side of the road normally gets taken! daveglos
  • Score: -1

10:12pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Col Mustard says...

When the Constabulary run out of tape. They may wish to amend the wording to
POLICE AWARE BUT DOING NOTHING ABOUT IT

Still when you getting paid overtime for chasing Badger protesters why bother removal potential road hazards ? Priorities dont you know !

Well down to GCC and Plod yet again.....never let concern for public safety get in thw way of shifting responsibilty......
When the Constabulary run out of tape. They may wish to amend the wording to POLICE AWARE BUT DOING NOTHING ABOUT IT Still when you getting paid overtime for chasing Badger protesters why bother removal potential road hazards ? Priorities dont you know ! Well down to GCC and Plod yet again.....never let concern for public safety get in thw way of shifting responsibilty...... Col Mustard
  • Score: 4

6:31am Thu 16 Jan 14

Crispin Mount says...

It's one way of avoiding the rip-off car parking charges
It's one way of avoiding the rip-off car parking charges Crispin Mount
  • Score: 1

10:36am Fri 17 Jan 14

Not Postman Pat says...

Strange how every year the police leave a damaged car on the side of the road for days on end to warn against drinking and driving yet people get so flustered should someone have the misfortune themselves to have an oops and don't get the vehicle moved immediately
Strange how every year the police leave a damaged car on the side of the road for days on end to warn against drinking and driving yet people get so flustered should someone have the misfortune themselves to have an oops and don't get the vehicle moved immediately Not Postman Pat
  • Score: 0

3:35pm Sun 19 Jan 14

David Broad says...

It's gone.
It's gone. David Broad
  • Score: 0

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