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Clamper's complaints puzzle

LEIGHTON KEITH
Last updated 05:00 13/02/2013
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Daniel Clout, of Egmont Security.

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A New Plymouth wheel clamper's complaints that police were making it impossible to do his job have not yet reached the Independent Police Conduct Authority.

Last month Daniel Clout, of Egmont Security, told the Taranaki Daily News he had posted 17 individual complaints to the IPCA but this week a spokeswoman for the police watchdog said the organisation had no record of receiving them.

The day Mr Clout's story appeared in the Daily News he contacted the newspaper wanting to withdraw permission to use video footage he had supplied.

The newspaper understands Mr Clout has made an exclusive deal with a television station for his story.

His zealous enforcement of parking rules at several private car parks, including the Richmond Centre, had seen Mr Clout regularly make headlines.

He has not responded to telephone calls or e-mails from the Taranaki Daily News seeking to establish what's happened to his complaints.

Businesses in the Richmond Centre yesterday told the Daily News they had not seen Mr Clout working since he was convicted in court in January for assaulting a German tourist.

Mr Clout was fined $350 plus court costs of $132.89 but said he would appeal against the decision.

The centre's manager, Robyn McGregor, did not return telephone calls from the Daily News.

Mr Clout had alleged his problems with police started about 18 months ago after he would not release a car driven by an officer's family member.

He claims his troubles escalated after he angered police by clamping an unmarked police car in November and refusing to release it until he was paid.

Mr Clout said police had been undermining his authority by telling people he was acting unlawfully, did not hold the required licence to do the job and that they could cut his clamps off.

The complaints included transcripts from video footage of clashes with motorists and police, and a meeting with area commander Inspector Blair Telford.

Mr Telford said he could not comment until a complaint had been received.

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