A PATCH of grass between a main road and a recovery yard might seem like a strange place to set up camp.
But a protesting couple have done just that and erected three tents on the side of the A41 after their motorhome was seized for having no valid tax or MOT.
Since lunchtime on Wednesday, July 4, Prajna Pranab and ‘Kazz’ have been camped out at Autolift recovery yard in Backford, as they take a stand against what they claim was the ‘illegal’ seizure of their motorhome.
Ever since the couple – who were pulled over on the M53 near Cheshire Oaks – have cooked their meals on a portable stove and are lighting a campfire outside the tents.
Despite having a fridge, shower and toilet on their motorhome in Autolift’s warehouse, they have been forced to use nearby woods as a toilet. They have a laptop and mobile phone which they recharge when friends visit in cars.
The pair have refused to pay the charge Autolift have demanded for the release of the vehicle and the firm say they are looking to obtain a court order to remove them from their land.
Prajna, 52, who is originally from New Zealand, was once an officer in the royal engineers.
But he has since rejected the British tax system.
Quoting the Bill of Rights 1688, he said: “One of the things still there under fines and forfeitures is ‘we will not impose fines or forfeitures upon any person without conviction’.
“Our home has been taken without trial or anything.”
Kazz, 44, added: “When road tax trumps human rights, they show the system for what it is.”
The pair live off an annual war pension of £2,500 granted to Prajna after he was injured while in service.
Drivers and passers-by have greeted the pair and enquired why they are there.
Kazz, who did a politics degree at the University of Liverpool, said: “We’re seeing human nature for what it really is and it’s beautiful – it’s generous, it’s loving, it’s compassionate.
“On the second night a guy stopped with two bags of chips and two buttered slices of bread.”
Cheshire Constabulary spokeswoman Rachel Hayes said the mini camp has been given passing attention by officers who are keen to see the protest remains peaceful.
A spokeswoman at Autolift said: “We’ve recovered the motorhome on behalf of the DVLA. Unfortunately they have taken it out on us.
“We have been harassed with emails from people they know.”