Mum’s warning to Trafford Center shoppers ahead of Bank Holiday weekend after ‘scary’ car park ordeal

A mother has issued a warning to shoppers at Trafford Center ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend after what she described as a ‘scary’ incident in the car park.

Heather Dunn, 39, drove to the mall around 7 p.m. Tuesday and pulled into a parking spot. She said as she did so, she noticed another vehicle pull up behind her.

As she tried to lock her Nissan Juke, the mother-of-two claims she was unable to do so and noticed two men and a woman sitting in the car behind ‘watching’ her.

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Feeling uncomfortable with the situation, Heather said she decided to move her car to another parking spot some distance away. She said when she did, she was able to lock her car easily.

Heather, who lives in Bury, said she wanted to warn other drivers to make sure their cars were locked before leaving, as she feared people had jammed her signal in an attempt to steal the car.

She said she reported the incident to Trafford Center security and said a member of staff told her it was not the first report of car remotes not working in the car park.



The mother-of-two was visiting the mall on Tuesday evening when the incident happened

Addressing the MEN, she said: “I visited the Trafford Center on Tuesday evening around 7pm. I pulled into the car park and pulled into a parking space. I went to remove my coat from the car and noticed that a car pulled up behind me with two guys and a girl.

“I tried to lock my car but nothing happened. I opened and closed all my doors but nothing worked. Then I went to the front of my car and it locked.

“I realized they had to do something to jam the signal. I got back in the car and looked at them in the rear view mirror and they were looking away at me.

“I moved my car and it locked immediately. I called the Trafford Center yesterday and they said it was not the first time this had been reported.”

Heather said she was told by the security officer that they would review the CCTV cameras and pass the car registration details to Greater Manchester Police for investigation.

“I couldn’t get the car registration myself. I was so anxious I just wanted to get away from them,” she said. “There weren’t many other people around.

“My car is just a Nissan Juke. There was a lot of space nearby and it wasn’t really necessary for them to park directly behind me. I think their car was a black VW. I would say that one of the guys was in his thirties, the other one was probably in his twenties and the girl too.

“It was only because I was taking out my coat and didn’t hear the car click that I realized it wasn’t locked. I want to educate people to make sure that their car is permanently locked.

“If I hadn’t checked I would have walked out and my car would have disappeared. It’s pretty scary. I guess they were just taking a chance.”

A Trafford Center spokesperson said: “We are investigating this customer report and reviewing CCTV footage from the evening. Our security teams are always alert to any customer concerns and we continue to monitor our car parks carefully at all times. .”