TWO clubbers felt so aggrieved at being clamped they used a petrol angle grinder to try and cut themselves free.
They picked up the saw from a builder friend on the night they were clamped and tried to cut through the chain.
“There were massive sparks – it was really loud,” said Luke Rayner, 21, from Broadstone in Poole.
Seb Jones, 21, a carpenter from Southbourne, said: “The clamper was absolutely gobsmacked.”
Seb had parked his Rover 25 on Glen Fern Road in Bournemouth town centre and found it clamped around 3am on Sunday.
The pair were concerned about whether the clamper was legitimate and Luke said: “When I asked for ID he said he didn’t need to get it out.”
The angle grinder had a blade for cutting stone and could not cut through the chain.
Seb said: “He showed us the clamping sign. I would have been happy to pay providing I knew for sure he was legitimate.”
As the pair left a police van arrived and the next day they found to their delight and amazement that the clamp had been removed – they do not know why.
Dorset Police said their call log shows they attended a clamping dispute after a report of suspected criminal damage. The officer who dealt with the incident is currently off.
The Echo phoned the number on the nearby sign for SW Security. The man who answered knew about the incident and said all staff wear their ID around their neck, but declined to comment any more.
Bournemouth Council said people should not try and cut themselves free because they could be committing a criminal offence.