Police called to city car wash ‘protest’

Alister Cochrane during his protest. The supermarket denies the car wash caused any damage. Pic: Ian Georgeson
Alister Cochrane during his protest. The supermarket denies the car wash caused any damage. Pic: Ian Georgeson
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POLICE were called to move on a driver who mounted a one man protest outside a car wash he claims chipped his vehicle.

Alister Cochrane was at the Tesco filling station in Musselburgh with the hand-made “this car wash will damage your car” sign.

The 56-year-old from Prestonpans said the machine had failed to clean properly and had caused a scratch on the rear bumper of his Seat Altea.

However Tesco has denied responsibility, and said no problems had been reported by other customers.

A supermarket spokesman said said complaints like this were taken “extremely seriously” and that the team had worked hard to “thoroughly investigate” Mr Cochrane’s claims.

“We are confident the damage was not caused by our car wash,” the spokesman added.

A police spokesman confirmed that they had been called out to the filling station on Olive Bank Road at 3.05pm yesterday afternoon after reports of a man protesting outside the car wash. He was then told he was causing an obstruction and that his sign might distract drivers, leading to an accident.

Mr Cochrane then continued his protest in the supermarket car park but was warned by a member of staff that there was a two-hour parking limit.