Council removes uninsured cars from Sidmouth beauty spot after two-month lockdown delay

Coronavirus restrictions temporarily halted the removal of a pair of uninsured cars discovered two months ago in a beauty spot lay-by near Sidmouth.

Police logged the cars as uninsured at the start of April but COVID-19 restrictions meant the vehicles could not be removed from Peak Hill by council contractors until last week.

It is understood police discovered the occupants, who were with the vehicles, did not have a licence or insurance to drive the cars away.


The two cars discovered by police to have no insurance.
Photos: Susan Turner.


Because the cars were off the public highway and on private Forestry Commission land, police passed the matter over and the district council arranged for collection.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokeswoman said: “Both vehicles were uninsured and have now been removed by the council.

“Due to Covid restrictions the council could not remove them earlier.”

An East Devon District Council (EDDC) spokeswoman said: “The cars were taken away by our contractor on behalf of the council last Thursday.”

EDDC said it had not seen an increase in abandoned vehicles while the UK was in lockdown.


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