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A car was abandoned on the driveway at the front of my house

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A car was abandoned on the driveway at the front of my house without explanation. As we had recently been burgled, it was causing particular distress to my wife and young son.I phoned the police but they would not move it because it was not blocking our exit to our home. I was similarly advised that the local council would not help either.Eventually, in desperation, I tracked down somebody with a tow truck to take it away. I paid him cash.About a week later, I had a call from a local garage who informed me that they had been given my details by the police. It transpired that they had left the car on our front by mistake.I advised them where the guy with the tow truck had left it and also provided the police with his telephone number.The car was no longer where the man with the tow truck claims he left it.On Friday I received a letter from the garage's insurance company falsely claiming that I had refused to give the contract details of the towing company and stating that I was liable for the cost of the car and for their legal costs.Where do I stand. Am I inevitably liable or do I have a defence?
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
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Was the car left on your land? If so you are entitled to have it moved. You paid someone to do that. You have no liability to keep or safehpguard Property left on your land.

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Customer: replied 7 months ago.
it was left on my land. Are you someone I can hire to write a letter on my behalf in response to the garage's insurance company?

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Your letter should refer to theirs of 14 November and go on to say: “The car was dumped on my driveway. I am under no obligation to look after it personally. I requested a vehicle remover to remove the car from my driveway. Before doing so I asked, without success, for the assistance of the police and the council. The case of Donaghue v Stevenson is irrelevant to the current circumstances. That case is authority for third parties being liable to claimants in certain limited circumstances which do not apply here. Any duty of care which I had to your insured was satisfied by me. I have already advised you of the identity of the company I employed to remove the vehicle. Without prejudice, Yours faithfully.”

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Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Dear JGM,Though I tweaked the correspondence to ensure that I remained truthful, I followed you advice as closely as I could in drafting my reply the solicitors of the insurance company. The correspondence has gone as follows:Me:Dear Sir/Ms.,Having now taken proper legal advice, I refer again to your letter dated November 14 2017.The car in question was dumped in my driveway and I am under no legal obligation to look after it personally.I requested a vehicle remover to remove the car from my driveway.Before doing so I asked, without success, for assistance from the police and the council.The case of Danaghue v Stevenson is irrelevant in the current circumstances. That case is authority for third parties being liable to claimants in certain limited circumstances which do not apply here.With his endorsement, I have already advised the police of the name and contact details of the remover I employed to remove the vehicle.Without prejudice, Yours faithfully,
Simon KinzleyThem:Mr Kinzley,
For the avoidance of doubt could I confirm you are refusing to tell me the name of the recovery company that removed the vehicle?
Kind regards
Christine Ward
Christine Ward CERT CII
Total Loss Claims Adjuster,
QBE European OperationsMe:Ms Ward,That is incorrect.I gave all the details that I had of the person who removed the vehicle to the police.Though I don't know what use they made of Tue details, it was my impression that they intended to phone him.Yours faithfully,
Simon KinzleyThem:Dear Simon,
With reference to your correspondence below are you then able to provide details of the police office to which you provided the information? We will require the name, badge number, jurisdiction any reference number they have provided you with. Alternatively you could provide the details of the recovery company that you employed to move the vehicle and we can contact them directly.
Kind regards,
AndyMy natural inclination is to state that they should contact the police directly regarding this matter as the police have the appropriate records. I also don't think it is appropriate and I am not even sure whether it is legal for me to give out the personal contact details of other individuals to people or organisations whose credentials I know nothing of and whom I am unsure have the legal right to compel me to do so.
Please could you advise me on what I should do and how I should respond.Kind regards,

There’s nothing to stop you giving them all the information you have about the police and the tow truck company.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Do I have a legal obligation to do so, given that I have already passed all of the information I have to the police?

No you don’t. The only way they could force you is if they sue and get a court order for release of the information.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
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Thank you. There may be a box which allows you to make a bonus payment.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Can't see such a box so have written to customer support.
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