A woman returned home from holiday to find her car was driven hundreds of miles while she was away.

The holidaymaker booked a parking space with a company she believed was associated with Manchester Airport before jetting off on holiday.

Once she returned, the woman noticed hundreds of extra miles on her car's speedometer while she was away.

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This is one of six separate reports in the last month of incidents relating to meet and greet parking companies claiming to be associated with Manchester Airport.

In another case a woman returned from her holidays to find her car was seized by police after it was driven without insurance.

A third found their car had been driven to Northamptonshire when they believed it was being stored securely at a local car park.

Cheshire Police is now urging motorists to be on their guard following reports of the fraudulent meet and greet parking companies operating near the airport.

Police Constable Jaspreet Kaur, of Macclesfield Local Policing Unit, said: “We are looking into these reports and our enquiries are ongoing. We are working closely with the local Trading Standards team to establish the full circumstances of what has happened.

“I’d urge anyone who has had a similar experience in Cheshire to get in touch.

“I’d also urge motorists using meet and greet services to remain cautious, check company reviews and make sure they only use reputable companies.

“It’s important that you read the full terms and conditions before signing any contracts and take a photograph of your current mileage before handing over your vehicle.”

A spokesperson for Manchester Airport said: “We are disappointed to hear that certain unscrupulous third-party parking operators are misleading customers in this way. These providers are in no way connected to Manchester Airport and we would always recommend customers do their research into a company before handing their keys over.

“As well as Manchester Airport’s own parking products, there are a number of reputable providers in the area and we encourage customers to use initiatives such as Park Mark and the government-backed Buy with Confidence scheme to find one that has undergone a series of detailed checks and is committed to trading fairly.

“We will continue to support the police and our neighbouring councils’ trading standards teams in doing all we can to raise awareness and tackle this issue.”

Anyone with any information in relation to the incidents, or anyone who believes that they may have been a victim, is asked to call Cheshire police on 101 or visit www.cheshire.police.uk/ro/report.

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