Building glare 'melted Jaguar'

Building glare 'melted Jaguar'

The owner of a Jaguar car in the City of London was astonished when he tracked down the probable cause of melting on his high-spec XJ model - the glare of bright light from an under-construction skyscraper.

Martin Lindsay, director of tiling firm Moderna Contracts, returned to his car on Eastcheap last Thursday to discover that panels along one side had warped, while a wing mirror and badge also seemed to have melted.

In what will surely be one of the more unusual car insurance claims, Mr Lindsay cited the source of the heat as light reflecting from the nearby Walkie-Talkie, a 37-storey skyscraper at 20 Fenchurch Street which is still being built, according to City A.M.

He told the BBC: "You can't believe something like this would happen. They've got to do something about it. It could be dangerous. Imagine if the sun reflected on the wrong part of the body."

As a result of the incident, a number of nearby parking spaces have been temporarily suspended.

An investigation into the claims has been launched by developers Land Securities and Canary Wharf, which said in a statement: "As a precautionary measure, the City of London has agreed to suspend three parking bays in the area which may be affected."

Copyright Press Association 2013