Teen stuck in Clayhall park overnight after the car he was racing got wedged in snow

PUBLISHED: 12:54 01 March 2018 | UPDATED: 13:02 01 March 2018

The car was stuck in the middle of Clayhall Park

The car was stuck in the middle of Clayhall Park


Heading to the park to play games on a snow day is pretty standard, but perhaps not in your car.

Despite hours of digging it could not be moved.Despite hours of digging it could not be moved.

One teen was left in the park overnight after the vehicle he was racing in got stuck in Clayhall Park, Lord Avenue.

The male was whizzing around the cricket pitch against another car at 3.37pm, on Wednesday, February 28, when his rear wheel drive lost traction and he became wedged in.

Speaking to the Recorder he said: “We thought we would come out and have fun in the snow.

“We were spinning round in cars but one of them got stuck.

A tow truck also came down to try and help.A tow truck also came down to try and help.

“It’s a rear wheel drive Mercedes S class, its a nice car.”

The teen left the vehicle to go home and get a shovel to dig it out but claimed when he returned someone had already stolen his mirror.

“Everyone is asking me why not leave it there till the ice thaws out, but it is already really stuck and there will be more snow tomorrow.

“My mirror was already stolen I don’t want anything else taken.”

The driver of the car called out a tow truck and a park gate was left open after closing time for access.

However, the rescue vehicle was unable to help.

“They couldn’t take it out either,” he added.

“They refused to come on the grass as they would get stuck as well.”

In the end, he made a call to some friends who loyally turned up to assist him but even they couldn’t move the car and the tyres kept on spinning in the snow.

When asked if the driver had learnt anything from the situation he replied: “Next time I will bring a 4x4.”

The Recorder left the scene after the teen and his friends had been trying to dig the car for more than five hours.

They certainly had a chilly night, but by morning the vehicle had somehow been moved.

A Met Police spokeswoman said: “We were called at 15.37pm to Clayhall Park to reports of some kind of antisocial behaviour involving vehicles.

“Police were assisting at the scene.”

Related articles

Latest Ilford Stories


A teenager has been shot in the face in Ilford.


Essex Senior League: Saffron Walden Town 5 Ilford 1


FA Vase third round: Redbridge 0 Chertsey Town 5


I have never known such uncertainty in politics.


Clayhall residents were told to stay in their homes after four men armed with “crowbars and a bottle of acid were on the loose”.

Yesterday, 18:12

Josh Staunton was dismissed for Shaymen in 35th minute, but Essex club still unable to win

Anderson strike inspires Hammers but they are left to cling on at the end

Yesterday, 16:59

Vanarama National League: Dagenham & Redbridge 1 (Munns 60) Halifax Town 1 (Clarke 80)


Are you an unpaid carer aged 25 or over? Are you interested in working towards getting into or back into work? Do you need practical help and support to get ready for this big step? If your answer is yes to at least two of these questions read on.

Struggling to find a buyer for your home in a slower market? We speak to Ilford property expert Nina Kaura from Portico about the Crossrail effect and why getting things right first time will get you the best price for your property.

Exchange Ilford is a shopping centre on a mission to make it a more welcoming and accessible place to the people of Redbridge.

Newsletter Sign Up

Ilford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now