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KATIE CHAPMAN
Last updated 05:00 17/01/2014
Roy Bowden
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CAN YOU SEE IT? Lyall Bay resident Roy Bowden with the smashed-up car that council staff said they could not find.

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The smashed car with a caved-in corner and warped bonnet is hard to miss outside Roy Bowden's house - but somehow council staff have failed to see it.

Four weeks after the Lyall Bay resident contacted the Wellington City Council to get the smashed Toyota Cynos removed from outside his house, it is still there.

The reason? Council staff said they were unable to find it.

The car was left after the driver was involved in an accident outside Mr Bowden's Queens Dr home, where the retiree has lived for 56 years.

When he first contacted the council four weeks ago, he was told a staff member would come by and sticker the car. If the owner had not claimed it within two weeks, it would be removed.

But yesterday he explained that he had to contact the council a second time to ask why it had not been stickered, and why it was still there.

"They can't find it," a disbelieving Mr Bowden, 79, said.

The Dominion Post went to the same address Mr Bowden gave to the council and found the car quite easily, sitting exactly where he said it was. The reporter took a photo and sent it to the council.

Council spokesman Richard MacLean apologised yesterday for the car not being found when staff first went to sticker it, acknowledging that "the bonnet has a distinctive ding in it, which is hard to miss".

"We're sorry that there appears to have been some confusion - that the vehicle in question wasn't spotted earlier on."

The council was "comparing notes with police" and would notify the owner that, if the vehicle was not removed within 10 days, it would be towed, he said.

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- The Dominion Post

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