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Excessive fines and aggressive behaviour over car clamping and towing away will soon end in Wallsend town centre according to the local MP.

North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon recently contacted the British Parking Association concerning many local complaints from constituents who had fallen foul of excessive charges for removing wheel-clamps at the Forum Shopping Centre.

Mrs Glindon said: "the good news is that clamping and towing away from private land will be banned from 1 October and the company in question will no longer be able to do this. I shared the hostility of local people and small businesses towards such sharp practice and am glad that it will soon be a thing of the past. Such behaviour added another deterrent to local shopping and we need to increase not limit economic activity in order to get out of the economic rut. All in all, this is good news for shoppers and shops alike."

Stuart Mitchell, asset manager at NewRiver Retail owner of The Forum Shopping Centre in Wallsend commented, "We have worked closely with the community of Wallsend to bring this aggressive and unreasonable clamping to an end. The Forum Shopping Centre has unfortunately been a victim of this behaviour and we, our retailers and our customers are delighted with the new legislation to bring clamping to an end which we hope will encourage shoppers back into the town centre of Wallsend".

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