Clamper jailed for fleecing drivers

A court has sentenced the owner of a wheel-clamping firm after the judge told him the business was nothing more than a simple con.

Andrew Baker was jailed for two years at Birmingham Crown Court after he was found guilty of deceiving innocent motorists into paying hundreds of pounds.

Judge Philip Parker QC told him the scam had left motorists stranded and distressed, but the 29-year-old father-of-one showed no emotion as he heard his sentence.

At an earlier hearing, Baker, of Pithall Road, Shard End, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud drivers in Birmingham and other parts of the West Midlands between March 2007 and March 2008.

The court had heard earlier that 36 people, including some who had paid and displayed, were in a state of distress after Baker cheated them out of cash.

Baker has previously been convicted of robbery, obtaining property by deception, harassment and theft.

Judge Parker accepted that the firm, Inter Park UK, had operated legally when it was set up in 2005, but added that the business later turned into a "con" which clamped and towed away cars parked legitimately before charging owners up to £445.

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