Police are left red-faced after wrongly seizing £200,000 Ferrari and shaming driver on social media for being ‘uninsured’… only to apologise when it emerges he WAS
- Businessman Dean Livesey, 31, was pulled over by police as he drove Ferrari 488
- Mr Livesey rang insurers to confirm the motor was registered to be on the road
- Police later apologised for taking to Twitter and posting about the incident
Traffic police were forced to apologise after wrongly seizing a £200,000 Ferrari and and shaming the driver.
Businessman Dean Livesey, 31, from Bolton, was cruising in his 200mph Ferrari 488 on Tuesday when Lancashire Police officers pulled him over after seeing there was no front number plate and determining it was uninsured.
Despite the motorist, who runs an energy firm near Burnley, ringing his insurers to confirm the motor was registered to be on the road, the seizure went ahead and police hauled it off.
Traffic police were forced to apologise after wrongly seizing a £200,000 Ferrari from businessman Dean Livesey, 31, from Bolton, as he was cruising in his 200mph Ferrari 488
Mr Livesey has now received an apology from the force after showing them a letter from insurance company NFU Mutual saying there was an ‘administration error’.
But not before the officer took to Twitter to post about the incident including photos of the Ferrari and the hashtag ‘£StraightToCourt’.
Mr Livesey now wants a personal apology from the red-faced officer, who has since deleted the tweet.
He said: ‘It was a complete waste of everybody’s time and a bit embarrassing.
‘I have made an official complaint. I admit the lack of a front number plate, that was my fault, but I wasn’t booked for that.
‘The sergeant refused to speak to NFU Mutual. He was overwhelmed by the nature of the car he had just stopped.
‘He was being over-zealous, it was premature and absolutely unjustified to put this on Twitter.
‘I would have been daft to leave a Ferrari uninsured. I like my cars and I am very careful about these things.
Following the mishap, Lancashire Police apologised for the confusion on their Twitter page
‘An apology from the police is all very well, but I would like a personal one from the officer concerned.’
Mr Livesey added NFU Mutual have reimbursed him of the £150 he had to pay to get his Ferrari back.
A police spokesman said: ‘We tweeted about the seizure of a Ferrari 488 due to a number plate offence and no insurance.
‘It’s since come to light it was insured but wasn’t on the database due to an insurance company error.
‘We’re happy to clarify this and apologise for any issues caused.’
A tweet on the Lancashire Police Twitter page read: ‘Due to an admin error by NFU the Ferrari was not shown as insured when fact it should have been. Officers acted correctly with the info presented at the time & NFU have apologised to their customer.’
An NFU Mutual spokesman said: ‘This was the result of an unfortunate administrative error on our part and for that we wholeheartedly apologise.’
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