Welcome to London 2012: Tourist has illegally parked car BLOWN UP...and then given ticket.
As any Londoner knows parking in the capital can be a tricky business even at the best of times.
So no doubt there will be a collective wave of sympathy for tourist Nima
Hosseini Razi who is today counting the cost of being illegally parked
on the city’s streets.
The business student discovered that you do not just run the danger of a
fine if you leave your car in the wrong spot - after anti-terrorist
officers blew up his Ford Mondeo.
His misfortune began yesterday morning while on a 24 hour jaunt around
London when the vehicle began to have problems as he was driving around
But his bad luck continued as the car broke down in Storey’s Gate, just yards from the House of Commons and Westminster Abbey.
He called for a repairman and wrote a polite note explaining: “Dear Sir
or Madam, this car is broken. I am just waiting for the AA to arrive.
Please do not fine! Thank you, yours sincerely.”
He then wandered off to do a spot of sightseeing - paying a visit to Buckingham Palace, a 15 minute walk away.
But in a valuable lesson to tourists heading to this summer’s Olympics
he learned the hard way that alas when it comes to security no one is
taking any chances.
When the abandoned vehicle was discovered, officers decided it was a
potential risk and evacuated the area so they could carry out a
When Mr Razi, who is studying for a MBA at the University of Wales,
returned he found officers picking their way through the remains of his
And of course with utter predictability a traffic warden arrived on the
scene and issued him a ticket, before his car was towed away.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “We can confirm there was a suspect
vehicle at Stories Gate at 10.20am on Wednesday and a controlled
explosion took place and the incident was subsequently deemed as
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