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Criminal damage charges dropped against MP hopeful

PUBLISHED: 18:00 11 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:36 05 October 2010

CHARGES against a would-be MP who was arrested after a parking row broke out outside his office have been dropped. Lib Dem parliamentary hopeful Ajmal Masroor was among three men arrested for criminal damage after he confronted clampers as they swooped

CHARGES against a would-be MP who was arrested after a parking row broke out outside his office have been dropped.

Lib Dem parliamentary hopeful Ajmal Masroor was among three men arrested for criminal damage after he confronted clampers as they swooped on a car in the permit-only Micro Business Park in Greatorex Street near Brick Lane last month.

Tenants claim drivers are allowed a 10-minute "grace period" when they leave their cars in the business park.

Police were called and Mr Masroor, Mohammed Mohiaur Rahman owner of the clamped car and his friend Abdul Wode were taken to Bethnal Green station where they say they spent more than 11 hours in a police cell.

They were bailed and were due to return this month but police confirmed this week charges against the three men have been dropped.

Mr Masroor has since launched a website petitioning Tower Hamlets council to curb clamping and towing in the East End.

He says he is planning to sue City Watch Parking Enforcement and file a complaint to police about the way he was treated.

He said: "The police did not speak to anybody and instead just listened to the clampers and arrested people on a whim."

The clamping company claimed two of its officers were punched and grabbed around the neck after being approached by 15 angry tenants.

But a spokeswoman for Bethnal Green police said that "no further action will be taken for the criminal damage and the assault.


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