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Snooker player left pounds 390 out of pocket; DISPUTE: Dad fuming after clampers strike on car park during visit to pub.

Byline: By Anna Jeys

IT may be the season of goodwill but a Birmingham man says clampers ended his year on a low after he popped into a pub and ended up with a pounds 390 bill.

It was an expensive trip to the boozer for John Denga who claims he popped into the Fox and Goose pub, on Washwood Heath Road, and came out to find his car had disappeared.

The 30-year-old, who lives in Bromford, said he visited a nearby cash machine before going into the pub for a game of snooker.

But his car was then removed by clampers who said it was subject to restrictions because he had gone elsewhere before going into the pub.

A spokeswoman for the Fox and Goose said that Mr Denga was clamped as he walked away from the building and there is a cash machine inside the pub.

Restrictions were placed on the pub car park to stop people using the spaces to visit the nearby shops.

Mr Denga, a support worker, says he is facing a pounds 390 charge to get his car released as well as a pounds 40 a day charge.

But the dad says he cannot afford to get the car released, meaning he faces a massive billthis month.

He said: "I could understand if I had parked somewhere illegally then I would only have myself to blame.

"But this is something else. I went into the pub and the manageress saw me playing snooker but I still got clamped. I was only in there for an hour.

"It was Christmas and I just didn't have the money to pay this. In my opinion I didn't do anything wrong.

This has ruined my new year."

A spokeswoman for the pub said: "Due to the car park being so small we have to do something to safeguard some of the parking for our customers.

"We didn't think a ticket system would work so we use this clamping company. There are signs on the building, on the entrance to the car park and three police notices telling people it is for the sole use of patrons of the pub.

"This man was clamped as he walked away from the pub."

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SOBERING THOUGHT... furious John Denga outside the Fox and Goose pub, on Washwood Heath Road, where his car was clamped.; NOTICE... pub clamping warning.
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Date:Jan 1, 2008
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