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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
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