CCTV footage shows the white van pulling up behind a black Peugeot 207 before shunting it forward several yards. The driver, who appeared to want a particular parking space, then brazenly walks around the van and heads up an alleyway next to it.

Dan Lassman, 23, who owns the vehicle, said he was perplexed to come outside and see his car had moved. The father-of-two, from Sheerness, Kent, said: “I had been in that day and I came out at about 5pm to get my son from nursery and I just knew I hadn’t parked my car there.