Airport carpark firm ‘take couple’s car for £200 joyride while they’re in Spain’

A holidaymaker flew home to find her motor had been smashed up after the airport car park company allegedly took it for a joyride.

Emma Jackson, from Patrington Haven, East Yorkshire was coming back from a jaunt in Spain when she found the front of her car had been “smashed to pieces”.

She paid £64.95 for the spot before she and partner Alex Bishop jetted off to the Costa Del Sol – she even filled the tank before leaving it at Gatwick Airport.

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HullLive reports that the total damages came to a whopping £3,750 – the petrol tank was also left empty.

The couple reckon that a 200-mile joyride must have taken place in their car, which had only been bought four weeks prior, while they were gone.

Speaking to HullLive, Emma said: "When we got off the plane, I messaged the company as they asked for 30 minutes' notice so they could bring our car to the airport. But, when they answered, they told me that the car had been badly damaged and they started evading our questions.

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"They asked us to get a taxi to meet them at a compound where our car was and we thought no way, that's seems a bit dodgy. When we eventually met them to get the car, we thought the damage would be just a scrape – but, it was horrific.

"They were all dodging the blame and saying 'we're just drivers, we can't help you' – they were being quite smug and antagonistic about it, to be honest. We tried ringing the company and they blocked both mine and Alex's numbers, as well as my son's.

"They gave absolutely no explanation about what had happened and I still have no idea. I was worried that I was going to find out that my car had hit someone or the police were after me or something like that."

Luckily for them, they are likely to be able to claim most of it back on insurance but will lose their no claims bonus and have to shell out £350 excess.

HullLive reports that SkyLink Parking did not dispute the claims but rather said the matter would take 31 days to investigate.

"My advice would be that before you make any booking, be sure to do your research online and read the reviews. If we had taken the time to read the reviews, we never would have booked with them as the reviews were just horrific."

Just Park Me have each been contacted by the Daily Star for comment. Efforts to contact SkyLink Parking.co.uk have been unsuccessful.

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