A SINGLE mum has blasted the legal system after being told she should pay up to recover her daughter’s stolen moped.
Julie Milton woke up to discover both her son and daughter’s mopeds had been taken – but after police recovered her daughter’s vehicle, she was horrified to find she would be left out of pocket to collect it.
Police take recovered vehicles to garages for storage, incurring a fee, to ensure they are not damaged or stolen again.
Officers have now waived the fee after she told them about a previous theft - but admitted charing was normal procedure.
Julie, of Hemingway, South Shore, said: “It’s ridiculous. While police couldn’t have been more helpful, I was going to be left with a whacking great bill.
“They recovered my daughter’s moped but said I’d have to pay between £170 and £200 just to get the bike back before I have to sort out the damage to it get it started.
“Officers told me it’s policy to take vehicles to a garage, not to return them to their owners.”
Police have approved premises where recovered vehicles are taken.
A spokeswoman for Lancashire Police said: “When a stolen vehicle is recovered we make every effort to get in contact with its rightful owner.
“Where this is not immediately possible, the vehicle is taken to a local, secure Constabulary-approved premises.
“Unfortunately there are costs incurred in this process, however these costs can usually be recovered through the owner’s insurance policy.”
But Julie said: “I couldn’t claim on the insurance because the premium will just rocket and it will cost more in the long run.
“It just doesn’t seem fair.”
Julie’s son’s moped had already been stolen once before, last year.
Her family managed to recover it and secured a conviction against the thief.
But that also left the family out of pocket as well.
Julie added: “There was £300 damage to it and the courts awarded us £100 from the thief because he was on benefits and not working – but he’s been on remand and back in prison again so we’ve not seen a penny of the money he owes us.
“Now both mopeds, which were secured with chains, were stolen overnight, and it will cost us again.
“It’s just not right that you should have to claim on your own insurance for this – it will just cost you more.
“It’s not fair. My daughter needs this moped to get to and from work.
”It’s us who would lose out because of others.”