ANGRY Crewe Alex fans have hit out at car clampers who are targeting their favourite match day parking spots.
Dozens of match-goers were shocked on Saturday when they returned from the 2-1 win over Brighton at Gresty Road to find their vehicles parked on the Herald Industrial Estate off Macon Way had been clamped.
The elation of the Alex's first win in 18 games was short lived as fans faced a £70 release charge to re-cover their vehicles.
Many are angry at the lack of warning about clampers operating in the area, saying two signs put up last week are small and easy to miss.
One fan, who did not wish to be named, even accused the operators from Birkenhead-based North West Clamping of waiting on the car park to swoop for unsuspecting motorists.
He said: 'I parked near the Grasmere Vauxhall garage. I was walking to the ground when suddenly this van pulled up to me by the Crewe Arms Hotel telling me they had just clamped me and I would have to pay them £70 or be towed away.'
North West Clamping has denied its staff sit and wait to clamp drivers as they park.
It is believed the firm was commissioned following complaints from businesses in the area about parking.
The estate is home to businesses including chemists P Williams, car repair firm Autoglass and the Vauxhall Grasmere car dealership.
But a mix up last week meant staff working in the area were not warned of the restrictions and also became victims of the clampers.
Mike Corn, manager of Nortronic Cable Harnessing, was one of those clamped.
He said: 'There was a mix up where our landlord did not realise he had to forward passes to us.
'A lot of the businesses have complained about people parking and double parking on weekdays to use the train station and Mac-Donald's. We have trouble getting lorries up here sometimes.
'But if I'm honest, I've never really noticed any problems with the football.'