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Thursday 4 July 2019 4.15pm
Hi All,

It has been five days now that a car has been abandoned on the pavement outside the Elephant & Castle shopping centre: a very busy location, not some back alley or cul-de-sac.

Bearing Polish registration plates, the driver and front passenger windows are wound down all the way.

A couple af days ago I pointed it out to a police patrol car that was stationary at the lights, they told me that they "already know about it", yet two days later it is still there.

A true mystery!



Monday 8 July 2019 3.25pm
A braver person than me would release the handbrake and push it into the road, reapplying the handbrake once it was there, of course.

The authorities would move it in no time - they regard blocking the section of the public highway designed for the use of motorists as far less tolerable than blocking the parts that everyone can use.

And, in the meantime, wheelchair users and pram pushers can't use the dropped kerb.
Monday 8 July 2019 9.32pm
Nine days, and it's still there...

I am really curious as to how long it will take TFL to remove that car.

Maybe we should set up a sweepstake on when this event will take place...
Tuesday 9 July 2019 8.48pm
How bizarre. Maybe they'll bury it with the shopping centre when it gets knocked down, whenever that actually happens.
Wednesday 10 July 2019 7.38am
All very strange , hope the boot has been checked by whoever . There could be guns , bombs or a body in there.
Wheres all this heightened security , TFL , Southwark get your act together.
Mind you the owner will probably be back from his holiday soon, very cheap parking for them.
Wednesday 10 July 2019 11.16am
You would think its a security risk to the area?
Wednesday 10 July 2019 4.07pm
Pops wrote:
You would think its a security risk to the area?

Potentially, yes: some idiot could toss his cigarette butt inside which could result in a fire and depending on how much petrol is in the tank, even an explosion in a location full of pedestrians.

BTW: it's still there...
Wednesday 10 July 2019 7.56pm
More pictures of the same car, in a Polish context, at
https://tinyurl.com/y2pvrw9r

Surely not beyond the police to track down the current registered owner?
Wednesday 10 July 2019 9.29pm
John C wrote:
More pictures of the same car, in a Polish context, at
https://tinyurl.com/y2pvrw9r

Surely not beyond the police to track down the current registered owner?

Nice find, John.

here's a translated version of that page:
Thursday 11 July 2019 10.16am
Jules62 wrote:
John C wrote:
More pictures of the same car, in a Polish context, at
https://tinyurl.com/y2pvrw9r

Surely not beyond the police to track down the current registered owner?

Nice find, John.

here's a translated version of that page:

Thanks, Jules. So on 19 June it was advertised for private sale, a worn-out 18-year old diesel car requiring some mechanical work, for a knockdown price of 460, in the Polish province of Lubuskie, close to the border with Germany. Since then it's been driven halfway across Europe and abandoned at the E&C - on the edge of the Ultra Low Emission Zone, so saving on the ULEZ charge and going the rest of the way by bus or tube. Could have worked out cheaper than the train fare from Poland, depending how many people were in it.
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