A family visiting Blackpool over the bank holiday weekend have described their ‘nightmare’ after the father confronted two men trying to rob their car.
David Rakotoson, 34, had traveled to Blackpool with his wife, sister and baby girl on Saturday April 30 to spend some time together at Sandcastle Water Park. He had parked the family car near the south promenade, which cost £8 for up to 12 hours of parking.
In the early evening, Mum Agata asked David to go back to their car to get her a jacket. Once he arrived, he saw two men in the parking lot and didn’t think about it.
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He then returned to his wife who told him he had picked up the wrong thing, so he returned to the parking lot once more. At around 6 p.m., he encountered two men using a jack to try to steal his vehicle.
David confronted the couple, while recording the incident on his phone, who threw bats at him before finally driving off in their own car. After reporting the incident to the police, David claims he was told there was “nothing” that could be done to repair the damage.
David, from London, told LancsLive: “We came to Blackpool from London just for a day visit. We wanted to go to Sandcastle water park so we parked, had a blast, then my wife wanted go to the restaurant so we went to the one across the parking lot.
“She asked me to get something from the car. So I quickly ran to the car and noticed two men were pulling equipment from a car right next to mine, I I just ignored it I didn’t know that was a thing so I just walked past, they looked at me, I quickly got my things out of the car and walked back to my wife.
“She told me I got the wrong stuff – she wanted a down jacket – so I ran to my car and saw my car stalled on the jack. Two people were working on my car.”
David ran to the men and asked them what they were doing to his vehicle. He added: “They quickly got the equipment out and started swinging the bars at me… I took out my phone and started recording them, they kept swinging the bar at me. Then they are got in the car and drove off.”
David reported the incident to the police himself and says he understands previous reports were made after someone witnessed a similar incident in the same parking lot.
“I called the police myself and they arrived on the scene fairly quickly, they said from the start there was nothing they could do. When I asked them if they were still looking for them (the men), they said no,” he added. said David.
“About five minutes after the policewoman arrived and I asked her to look at the cameras. There were two cameras looking at my car, the policewoman said she would look at the CCTV but then she came back and said that she couldn’t use the footage, which I don’t understand because there are literally hundreds of cameras in the parking lot, at the entrance, at the exit It’s just hard to believe there’s nothing that they can’t do.
David, his wife, sister and baby girl waited four hours in the “freezing cold” for an insurance vehicle to arrive and take them home. He added: “It was freezing cold and raining and we had to stand in the street for four hours waiting for my insurance company to get back to me so we had transport back to London.
“There were no hotels we could book into, they were all fully booked, it was a bank holiday weekend, all the restaurants were closed so we had to stand outside in the rain waiting for water. help is coming. It was a nightmare and there were obviously drunk people walking up and down the street, that was the last thing I wanted was to walk into the night.”
Lancashire Police said: ‘We were called at around 6.00pm on Saturday April 30 to a report of an attempted theft from a motor vehicle. We believe two suspects attempted to steal the catalytic converter from the victims vehicle but did not were unsuccessful and left Investigations are ongoing and we ask anyone with information that could help us in our investigation to contact 101 quoting log 1166 of 30 April.