[Update. The Co-op have responded to this blog article here]
A number of motorists have contacted The Prankster saying that CEL have been in touch with a copy of a letter from the Co-op.
The letter is signed on behalf of Chris Jones from the Co-op and states CEL have the authority to issue parking charges.
The Prankster last met Mr Jones in Bristol, where he was present for a directions hearing.
CEL/DEAL had filed cases against 50 or more Co-op employees and two cases were selected as test cases, stayed until after ParkingEye v Beavis. The cases were Civil Enforcement Limited v Curtis A93YM708, and DEAL v Colclough A79YP365.
The Prankster cannot therefore think of any reason Mr Jones would write such a letter...unless the Co-op have cut a deal with CEL, and have provided them with this letter in exchange for dropping all claims against Co-op employees.
If there was another reason, then The Prankster invites the Co-op to put the record straight. Otherwise, it appears the Co-op may have thrown their customers to the wolves.
The Parking Prankster