Manchester

Cars and keys stolen from car park near Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Car Park Manchester runs a meet and greet service that serves Manchester Airport

Up to 130 sets of car keys have been stolen from a site used by a meet-and-greet company offering long-stay parking near Manchester Airport.

Four cars were also taken from the Car Park Manchester site in Hale, the Manchester Evening News reported.

Police said the full numbers involved were not yet known because many of the vehicles' owners are still on holiday.

Car Park Manchester said it had reported the 18 August burglary but declined to comment further.

The company is not affiliated with Manchester Airport.

'Shock'

Bev Young heard her car keys were missing while she was still abroad.

She said: "I fly back tomorrow, not knowing what to expect or who is going to get my friend and I home - two hours away.

"At least I have had time to register the shock and pre-plan, whereas many owners will still be unaware."

Cheryl Wilden said she discovered her sister's car keys had been stolen after the pair returned from a holiday in Barcelona.

She said they had to retrieve a spare set of keys from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, before being taken to where the car had been left in a "muddy field".

Image copyright Cheryl Wilden
Image caption Cheryl Wilden (right) and her sister Samantha Mercer were told their keys had been stolen when they returned from Barcelona

They then struggled to drive the brand new Hyundai out of the site because it was stuck in mud, Ms Wilden said.

"It was horrendous, there were lots of high value cars there. We were quite horrified," she added.

"They eventually had to get the car out for us. It was not pleasant.

"I'm just absolutely devastated because I booked it."

'Apologetic owner'

Matthew Griffiths was also informed his keys had been stolen. However, he praised the car park's staff for the way they handled the situation.

"Upon visiting the car park I could see they had a rough time. I was greeted by the most kind and apologetic owner of the business," he said.

"I'd like to thank the owners of the car park for assisting me with the issue to their best ability."

A spokesman for Manchester Airport said: "We would like to remind passengers that the airport offers a wide range of secure, official car parking facilities, and is also well connected via public transport.

"Anyone with any doubts about their car parking can verify it with our customer services team."