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Welcome to Inside Out. Park yourself on the sofa, here is what


is coming up. I go undercover to meet the South's controversial car


clamper. Are you Mr White? How can you


justify �600? Disgusting the amount of money he charges. You cannot


just take my car. Go on then. Dressing up for a taste of the 16th


century. We almost felt we were there. Instead of being dull


history, it is real. Keeping your mind active and getting a feel for


the past. I am sure you'll wander round and


let them feel the jewels. Not those jewels.


And the most difficult decision He was the life and soul of the


party, next rugby player, alpha male. One man's fight to change the


law on assisted suicide. I can't see how anybody would think is


right to take his own life has been taken away. Some days this life


gets too much for me had a break down and cry. This is Inside Out


Stop at any private car park these days and you may well find a sign


warning that you could be clamped. Here in the Southampton area one


firm seems to be everywhere, White's Car Park Solutions. Its


boss Jason White has certainly hit the headlines. In the past angry


motorists have even beaten him up. Most recently in Winchester he was


threatened with a meat cleaver. So what is it that makes them so


angry? After all, he's only doing his job. All these motorists have


been clamped by Mr White's company and what makes their blood boil is


how the costs can rack up, especially if you are towed away.


We were talking �800, you have to pay �420. Tough, �400. �564 in


total. �684, 40 p. We thought we'd have a look at the way he operates.


We did ask Mr White if we could come out clamping with him, but he


declined, so I'm going to go undercover. Using possibly one of


the worst disguises ever seen on TV, roller skating accident. Nasty. It


appears young or old, crutches or no crutches, anyone's fair game.


It was an area I have parked in lots of times before. I visit a


friend there. I had no idea it had been made a prohibited area so


didn't look for any signs or anything like that. Then when I


came back later the car had gone. I thought it had been stolen. It was


a big shock. 90-year-old Dennis Wilson wasn't


displaying his disability badge, when he parked on a site patrolled


by Whites. His car was seized, and because it was a Friday, they said


he couldn't collect it till after the weekend. And the total bill?


By the Monday it was �300 for towing away, 184 the clamp. Four


days' storage at �42. Then on top of that, you are virtually a


obliged to pay by credit card because not many people can lay


their hands on �800 on the spur of the moment. And they charge 5% of


the total. So my total I paid was �680.40. That's a tidy sum! Now


we're on our way to a car park to get clamped. So what are the rules


on this business? There's never a car parking expert when you need


one. What Patrick Troy doesn't know about parking isn't worth knowing.


Clamping on private land is an unregulated industry. We have a


code of practice our members have to comply with. But it is voluntary


and company you are investigating isn't a member. So Whites, by not


signing up, don't have to keep to the guidelines. OK, so what are


their rules? Let's park somewhere we shouldn't. A private staff car


park in Eastleigh in Hampshire. Sorry, Blockbuster. While my


pretend sister and I go off shopping this happens. Been


clamped? You are joking. How much will it cost? Her 180. 180 quid?


Yes. For pudding a Camborne? Yes. - - for put in a clamp on. To make


matters worse, if I don't pay up, this guy tells me he will summon


the tow truck and take my car away. How will I get �180? Not our


responsibility. If we can't get the money? You will be towed. Cos it


will cost it more to get it towed, won't it? Cost you �300 if I have


to call the tow truck. �300! That's ridiculous. My wallet's emptying


fast. �180 for the clamp release and on top of that a possible �300


tow-away fee. It seems there's nothing I can do it about it. It


wasn't reasonable and by any definition that was excessive.


we say in our code is that you either have a clamp release fee or


you have a towaway fee, you can't charge both. If you are removing


the vehicle after you've clamped it. There should be one charge it is


meant to be a deterrant, and it's a deterrent to the motorist to park


in there in the first place. It shouldn't be excessive and it


shouldn't be unreasonable. After a fake trip to the cash point


I pretend I can't get the �180. The car therefore will be taken to the


compound. But then there's the matter of getting it back. And then


do I go there and get the car? our compound, he deals with it in


other ways. What do you mean other ways? We'll, he'll bring it back.


Now I know the Whites compound is just a few minutes away, but I'm


told I can't collect my car. They'll have to deliver it to me,


and guess what? That's another 50 quid. He'll charge for delivery.


Well I don't want him to deliver. want to come and pick it up. You


are saying that if it does get towed back to the compound I can't


come and pay the money tomorrow. Overnight charges I'll get charged


as well and then on top of that he's going to say I'm going to you


and that will cost me money. I can't come and get it. You're just


making it up. Now there's no going back on the


fact that I've parked somewhere I shouldn't. But imagine what's it's


like if you haven't parked wrongly in the first place and you still


get clamped. Like Holly who says she'd simply parked in her own


parking space outside her flat. knew my pen it was displayed, I was


in the right car-park, the right space -- my permit. It wouldn't be


out of date for another six months or so. She says White's told her


the permit was out of date and she had to pay up. Holly took the


matter to the county court and White's were told to pay back the


clamping fee. To date she hasn't received a penny. Mark says he was


also wrongly clamped. He claims it was a case of an overzealous


clamper operating in a neighbouring car park. Next door's premises have


clamping zone and I asked him to release the clamp but he phoned his


office and was told he wasn't allowed to until the fee was paid.


So Mark decided to take matters into his own hands. I got an angle


grinder from my premises and cut if off.


But you got in trouble for doing that. I got arrested for criminal


damage and taken to court. On second court appearance I pleaded


not guilty. Mr White and his merry men didn't turn up and the case was


Meanwhile the boss himself Jason White has arrived and is preparing


to take my wheels away. And it's all going to cost me �614. Are you


Mr wide? How can you justify �600? Doesn't cost you �600 to run a tow


truck. Government doesn't say �600. That is rubbish. White's signs do


list all the charges he's come up with so he could say we've all been


warned. But there's a lot of charges, and a lot of small print.


Aren't you going to give me paperwork? You can't just take my


car. The law's not clear enough. I'm in the wrong straight away.


It's disgusting the amount of money he charges. Disgusting the way he


conducts his business. If you don't pay it there and then. Looking at


hundreds of pounds. Not fair at all. The next day at a time decided by


Whites Car Park solutions, I'm told to return to Blockbuster car park.


Our man wants his cash, but there's no sign of my car. You got to pay


me now, sign a receipt and then he'll bring it back. Until you hand


it over to me that vehicle's not coming back. Look there's the cash,


I need it in my hand I need to take the payment. Even though I'm


showing you the money I cant see my car. I need to take the payment.


It's the way he does it, mate. a joke. You guys get funnier every


time. So I hand over the �600. And Mr White rings to check the


transaction is complete. Yeah, all While he writes the receipt it all


starts to come out. This clamper seems to have a heart. I really do


feel sorry for people really, but if I felt that sorry why would I do


the job. But I genuinely do feel sorry for people. The worst part is


taking money. I hate taking money off people I really do. I earn good


money every month. Heart to heart over, it's back to business. Cue Mr


White and my car. Now the small matter of getting my car off his


truck. Do you want to drive it off? I can't drive. I've got to wait for


my sister. In the end we push it off. How do you come up with your


fees? You need to speak with the government about that. They


authorise to do this. The fees. government? Yes. So if I want to


complain about the fees. You need to write to us or the SIA. Who are


they? They regulate us. In fact, it's the SIA, the Security Industry


Authority, who issue clampers like Mr White with their licences, but


they won't investigate individual complaints. And as for Mr White's


claim that the government authorises the fees, that's rubbish.


In fact, next year there's expected to be a new law that bans clamping


on private land altogether. We did ask Mr White for an interview but


he didn't take us up on our offer. So for now he's at liberty to carry


on clamping and charging fees that the British Parking Association


says considerably exceed it's guidelines. This isn't about


extortion this is about managing private land and clamping is simply


a means of managing private land. It shouldn't be seen as a way of


making lots of money out of people or of extorting money out of people.


Seven months after he was clamped World War II veteran Mr Wilson is


still fuming. The man is absolutely beneath


contempt. A lot of my friends were killed fighting for the freedom


that Jason White uses, misuses to If you think you have been unfairly


treated, get in touch. Next, where we you when they raised the Mary


Rose? It was 11th October, 1982. And Monday, I believe. He would


have full back then nearly 30 years on she would still be changing


Today a group of visually impaired people from Waterlooville are going


back in time. Henry, are you going to get dressed now? Artefacts from


Henry VIII's warship, the Mary Rose, along with replicas, are giving


this place a Tudor makeover. You be the doctor, Brian. This is a scheme


that channels the magic of the past into contemporary lives, by taking


historic relics out of the museum. I think they're meant to be tied,


let me put your arm. I have incorrectly untied them. Are you


managing? In your transformation process? I don't think Anne Boleyn


lived as long as you. Well done, Henry, take a seat. I will go and


see if I can find a codpiece. of people don't understand how the


men were living, so by me taking the artefacts out to them, they can


start to understand and handle the pieces they were using on-board the


ship. And are there specific groups you target? Yes. There are special


needs groups like the stroke people, recovering from a stroke. Visually


impaired, day centres, any group who would really benefit by me


going to them, rather than them and to the museum. Let's touch a bit of


wood, from the Mary Rose. Shall we? Just to get into it. Let's feel


some of the original wood from the Mary Rose. So the pieces of wood


you are holding now, this would be at least 100 years older than the


ship. This piece of wood going around would be about 600 years old.


So nearly as old as me. Here at the Mary Rose Museum in


Portsmouth the hull of the once great flagship now rests in a


special drydock where she is 29 years into a conservation programme.


And her contents bring real insight into life during the Tudor period.


I think one of the reasons why the Mary Rose has such an incredible


endurance appeal is that she gives us a real glimpse into the choose


your world, as it once was, on board the ship nearly 500 years ago.


Just take a look at some of these. Beautiful artefacts. This is a


pewter plate. OK, it has seen better days, but it gives you a


real idea that this was what the officer used when in comparison


with them all humble members of the group would have eaten from these


wooden bowls. One man who is directly inspired by the history of


the Mary Rose is Neil Clements. of these pieces you can see on the


table are genuine pieces of the Mary Rose. These are all over 500


years old. He was a member of the prestigious Royal Navy Raiders


Freefall Parachute Display Team when during a training session he


faced his worst nightmare. As I had to steer the parachute away from


avoiding a collision with somebody else, we got out the plane, the


parachute collapsed at 400 foot above the ground so I felt at 80


miles an hour and hit the ground and broke my neck, broke my leg,


shattered my pelvis, and a crash helmet I was wearing pierced my


skull and gave me a brain injury. I was left in a coma for up to 12


weeks afterwards, totally unconscious. The last thing I can


remember is going to see my mother just before the accident happened,


a couple of days beforehand, to see my mum at Mother's Day. This


cannonball here was fired from the iron guns on board the Mary Rose.


That is handcarved from a limestone called Kentish rag stone.


Eight years on, and after painstaking therapy Neil has become


part of the Mary Rose team. I volunteer here at the Mary Rose


Museum giving presentations every Monday. Basically, it helps improve


my speech, and my memory. My short- term memory was very bad. That has


improved. My mobility has now improved as well. I have to travel


from where I live over to here. So that has helped me as well. This is


King Henry. Back at Waterlooville Trevor and


the group are getting into the swing of things, with some old-


fashioned bawdy humour. This is King Henry's undergarments. This is


quite good, because for those who can't see it, I am sure you will


wander around and let them touch you. Feel the jewels and the fine


materials. Not those jewels. behind the fun and frolics this bit


of hands-on experience has made a real difference. Go on then, right


back! Trevor is excellent. He really explained everything to us.


He let us touch things we couldn't see, feel them, a lovely lecture,


it really was. Trevor made it real. We almost felt we were there.


Because he brings it to life. And instead of being just a bit of dull


history, it is real. It has educated us. Now we are looking


forward to it, we are looking forward to going to the museum and


see some more. We can learn some more. The more you can learn, the


better. When Sam Davis attended one of the


Mary Rose presentations he didn't know it would change his life. At


the time he had just come through a major health scare.


I was a taxi driver, and all of a sudden I thought, I don't know


where this is, I don't know where I am going. I literally pulled the


car over into a parking space, stopped the car, and radioed


through to the leaders and I said, I'm sorry, I can't remember where I


am going, can you help me? In the wake of the stroke, what


were your symptoms? Apparently I just switched off for


five days. Woke up, I couldn't speak, can read, couldn't do


anything. I had to learn to actually speak again and as you can


see, now after nearly two years, I have moved on from that.


Sam now works as a volunteer at the Mary Rose Museum. It has given me a


reason to be here, quite frankly. To be honest, without something to


do on a regular basis, I didn't see much point in it. But I was looking


for work. Not necessarily for the money, just to feel useful, really.


In some way. Even if I wasn't using all of my old skills, at least I am


coming down here and feeling a little bit more useful.


There is a sort of sense of community, really, that has built


up around the project, around the legacy of the ship, if you like.


Yes. There are a lot of people out there who have got something to do,


if they are given the chance. And fortunately now I am one of them.


There is the wreck of the Mary Rose, what an amazing sight.


30 years after these images first inspired the nation the Mary Rose


is still touching and repairing Finally, it is one of the most


controversial ethical questions of our time. Is it ever right to


assist in the death of a loved one. In a few weeks' time the Commission


on assisted dying will publish its recommendations on what system, if


any, should be put in place. Like most people I didn't give suicide


are thought despite being able to do it legally. Then I had my stroke


and it was of life-or-death was taken away from me. It is true you


don't know what you have until you Tony Nicklinson would like to end


his life. Six years ago, a massive stroke left him paralysed below the


neck and unable to speak. His condition is called locked in


syndrome. He is rarely able to leave his home in Melksham. Right


from the word go, when he was still in intensive care, I said to the


doctors, he won't want to live like this. We knew it would come.


because of his disabilities, Tony needs his wife Jane to help him to


end his life. For this, she could face a murder charge. So together,


they are trying to change the law. I can't see how anybody could think


it's right that Tony's right to take his own life has been taken


away. Jane has told her husband's story to a commission set up to


explore whether people should be given assistance to die. In the


coming weeks, it'll report its suggestions to Parliament.


Something in excess of 80% of the population in the UK would like


some change in legislation. But the work of the commission has enraged


those campaigners who don't want a change in the law. There's no


chance of it producing any worthwhile conclusion at all. It's


purely a publicity exercise. Tributes have been paid to the


husband and wife who travelled to a Swiss euthanasia clinic.


More than 150 people have ended their lives by travelling from the


UK to countries where assisted suicide is legal. Nobody has yet


been prosecuted for accompanying them. But assisting somebody to end


their life is illegal in the UK, which means Tony Nicklinson must


continue to live a life that's unrecognizable from the one he


enjoyed before his stroke. He was the life and soul of the party type.


An ex-rugby player, a real alpha male, bit of a daredevil. You know,


he went sky diving, did all sorts of crazy things.


Tony could outlive Jane. His condition might not cut his life


short. But now, being unable to speak, move or do anything for


himself life has become unbearable for him. He communicates using a


computer that recognises his eye movements. In my case, I awake with


dread, knowing that I will have to endure another session of being


manhandled by the carers as they shower and dress me to get ready


for yet another tedious day. Some days, this life gets too much for


me and I break down and cry. This is not helped by knowing this


I have another 20 years or so because they don't have a way out.


He knows that a time will come when he says enough is enough, and


really his only option is Switzerland, which he might


possibly consider eventually, if our legal case doesn't pan out, or


starvation, which is a very nasty way to go. It seemed critically


important to all of us, that we went out to see how those countries


that had changed legislation, how the change was managed in practice.


But I think it's unlikely we'd be able to import any particular


system in a country straight into England.


But some pro-life campaigners think they've already won the debate and


the commission is a waste of time. What has happened all over the


world is pro-euthanasia societies have spoken a lot about the very


rare but very emotive cases of people who could not kill


themselves and are seriously want to. This is a tiny number of people.


One has to be sympathetic, but it is very important to make sure


people understand that disabled people in general are very opposed


to any change in the law which protects them at the moment.


Michael Wenham has motor neurone disease, a degenerative condition


that damages the nervous system. He is also worried that a change in


the law could affect how society Michael relies on his wife Jane to


help him. There may be a time when, like Tony, he is unable to do


anything for himself. So Michael agreed to come to Tony's home to


discuss face to face, how legalising assisted dying might


affect society. Hello, common. Welcome, please make yourself


comfortable. Thank you for agreeing But you can determine your own fate,


because you can commit suicide without assistance whereas some


people cannot. Why deny them the That isn't the issue. It's about


Both Tony and Michael await the recommendations the Commission on


Assisted Dying will make in the coming weeks. But Jane Nicklinson


is determined to keep fighting for the right to help her husband.


Obviously nobody wants to give their husband a lethal dose of


something, under any circumstances. If I had to do it, would I be able


to do it? I don't know until the time comes. I like to think that I


would. It's what he wants and if you love someone, you'd do anything


to help them. What more can I do? There's nothing I can do. I don't


think people realise what am awful thing it is to see the person that


you love in there, and you can't relieve their pain. This is all I


That is it for this week. And if you'd like details of organisations


which can offer help on strokes and locked in syndrome then you can


call the BBC action line. Or go to Next week, the so six brothers who


designed Britain into the record books. -- Sussex. It was so ahead


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