Student has car stolen just hours after arriving in Liverpool

John Moores girl told she must pay up even if car is found

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Liverpool lived up to its dodgy reputation as a fresher had her car stolen just four hours after moving to the city.

Jessica Brill, a first year at John Moores, was astounded after her car was nicked from outside her apartment on Cotswold Street the day she moved in.

Police then told the Essex girl she would have to fork out £150 to recover the car if it was eventually found.

The student told the Echo: “I was already very distraught and I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.

“They told me even if it is found it is likely to be in a very poor condition.

“It seems unfair to charge people who have already been left out of pocket. I think the police should cover the cost.

“I just can’t believe what has happened – I was so happy to get a new car and do my first big drive.”

The 21-year-old was devastated to find her Ford Ka- which she had only bought a month before- was pinched after parking it outside her apartment on Cotswold Street at 10.30pm.

She realised it was gone while preparing for a night out with friends.

Jess’s grandfather, David Hales, was not impressed with the system in place following an incident like this.

He said: “Since when have the victims of crime had to pay to try and find the perpetrators? If you get burgled at home, do you then pay the police to find the burglar? What are our taxes for?”