Travel chaos at Stansted airport after ‘mass’ evacuationThe family behind “the most secure independent car park at Manchester Airport” have been jailed after holidaymakers would return home to find their cars filthy, damaged or even stolen.
The ‘meet and greet’ car parking business, run by Mohammed Isaq and his family, operated under a number of names from their home in Hale Barns.
Following a burglary in 2017, bad reviews of the company began piling up. Customers were promised CCTV, floodlights and 24/7 staff but the reality was very different.
Holidaymakers would pay to leave their cars at the site near the airport but would return to them covered in mud, scratched and abandoned. Some even found drugs in their vehicles, MEN reports.
Cars would be parked on a grass field or along a muddy lane and become filthy with staff having no idea the location of vehicles and some having to be towed out by their owners.
Cars were left in muddy fields and had to be towed out (Image: MEN)
Customers would frequently return from holiday to be told their keys had been lost. In the 2017 burglary, it was reported that 130 sets of keys and one vehicle had been stolen.
Giving a statement at the time, Sultan Khan, son of Isaq, said they did not tell their customers as they ‘didn’t want to ruin their holidays’.
He added: “We are fully insured and we are probably the most secure independent car park at Manchester Airport. But we are not geared up for organised criminal gangs, who have been planning this for months.”
A police visit after the burglary found that care keys were being stored in plastic tubs in the back of an open and unattended van.
Other customers returned to find keys replaced, wires tampered with, ABS faults, fuel gone and odometers up by hundreds of miles, tyres flat and cars full of cigarette ash and rubbish.
Sultan Khan (left) and Mohammed Isaq (right) (Image: MEN)
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Multiple owners were contacted by police to say their car had been stolen and written off with one even crashing into a bus.
“Put simply, customers were paying for a service that they did not receive, and which they would never have agreed to had they known the truth,” prosecutor Adam Pearson told Manchester Crown Court.
Trafford Council contacted the firm multiple times ordering the closure of the site and withdrawing parking accreditation but this didn’t stop them.
The company operated under many names including Eat, Meet and Greet Ltd, Manchester Meet and Greet Ltd, Manchester Airport Parking Services Limited, and Car Park Manchester.
Lanes were lined with cars (Image: MEN)
Mohammed Isaq, 62, was jailed for 17 months and banned from becoming a company director for six years for fraudulent trading between August 2017 and February 2018.
Sultan Khan, 28, was handed an 18 month community order, and ordered to complete 20 days of rehabilitation activity requirements and 200 hours of unpaid work.
Amani Khan, 27, was also handed an 18 month community order, ordered to complete 10 days of rehabilitation activity requirements and 200 hours of unpaid work.
They pleaded guilty to breaking consumer protection laws by negligence.