Emma Watson breaks her silence after her £30,000 Audi A3 was towed away by police due to ‘illegal’ parking and jokes ‘I’m still looking for a space!’

Emma Watson has broken her social media silence after her £30,000 Audi A3 was towed away by police in Stratford-upon-Avon earlier this month.

The Harry Potter actress, 33, ‘illegally’ parked the pricey motor and blocked the entrance to a car park while she enjoyed an evening at the nearby Royal Shakespeare Theatre before stopping at a pub.

Poking fun at the incident Emma took to Twitter on Friday and joked with her 24.3M followers she was ‘still looking for a space’ in the historic English town.

Writing: ‘Still searching for parking in Stratford upon Avon. Merchant of Venice v good if you can still get tickets’.

MailOnline exclusively reported that Emma, who played Hermione Grainger in the fantasy films, had seemingly failed to spot a ‘no parking’ sign and didn’t realise she had left the vehicle outside the car park entrance.

Emma Watson has broken her social media silence after her £30,000 Audi A3 was towed away by police in Stratford-upon-Avon earlier this month (pictured in 2023)

Emma Watson has broken her social media silence after her £30,000 Audi A3 was towed away by police in Stratford-upon-Avon earlier this month (pictured in 2023)


The Harry Potter actress 'illegally' parked the pricey motor and blocked the entrance to a car park while she enjoyed an evening at the nearby Royal Shakespeare Theatre before stopping at a pub

The Harry Potter actress ‘illegally’ parked the pricey motor and blocked the entrance to a car park while she enjoyed an evening at the nearby Royal Shakespeare Theatre before stopping at a pub

Poking fun at the incident Emma took to Twitter on Friday and joked with her 24.3M followers she was 'still looking for a space' in the historic English town

Poking fun at the incident Emma took to Twitter on Friday and joked with her 24.3M followers she was ‘still looking for a space’ in the historic English town

To make matters worse the oversight led to a furious pizza restaurant manager’s own vehicle being trapped inside the gated compound for three-and-a-half hours.

The frustrated manager – who had finished a 12-hour shift at the Red Hot Mamma pizzeria – trawled local restaurants in a failed bid to locate the owner before calling in police who summoned a tow truck to remove the offending car.

It was only when the blue Audi was being hauled onto a low loader that Emma was alerted to the real-life drama close to the birthplace of William Shakespeare.

Eyewitnesses told how she came ‘flying out’ of the nearby Rose and Crown pub when she realised what was going on before pleading with police not to take her car away.

Photographs obtained by MailOnline show the actress – who was wearing a black French beret and a long dark coat – at the scene with a police officer standing by and the tow-truck driver dressed in high-visibility overalls.

But it appears that no amount of wizardry was going to prevent her car being towed off to the compound as her appeals to be allowed to take back possession of the car fell on deaf ears.

She was faced with having to pay a fine of £192 to free her car and a further ‘retention’ charge of £26 for every day that the vehicle remains at the police pound.

The angry pizza boss, who asked not to be named, told MailOnline: ‘I was trapped in the car park for three and a half hours because a blue car had blocked the exit.

MailOnline exclusively reported that Emma, who played Hermione Grainger in the fantasy films, had seemingly failed to spot a 'no parking' sign and didn't realise she had left the vehicle outside the car park entrance

MailOnline exclusively reported that Emma, who played Hermione Grainger in the fantasy films, had seemingly failed to spot a ‘no parking’ sign and didn’t realise she had left the vehicle outside the car park entrance

To make matters worse the oversight led to a furious pizza restaurant manager's own vehicle being trapped inside the gated compound for three-and-a-half hours


To make matters worse the oversight led to a furious pizza restaurant manager’s own vehicle being trapped inside the gated compound for three-and-a-half hours

Eyewitnesses told how she came 'flying out' of the nearby Rose and Crown pub when she realised what was going on before pleading with police not to take her car away

Eyewitnesses told how she came ‘flying out’ of the nearby Rose and Crown pub when she realised what was going on before pleading with police not to take her car away

‘Three and a half hours of searching for the driver was the last thing I needed after working a 12-hour shift.

‘The car had parked in front of our gate which is a no-parking zone. I went into every single restaurant in the area asking if anyone owned the car.

‘No one admitted that it was their car so I was forced to call the police so they would move the car and I could get out.

‘But when the police started to tow her car away, she came flying out of the pub shouting, “That’s my car, that’s my car!”.

An onlooker told MailOnline: ‘It must have been about 11pm when I saw Emma Watson outside in the street.

She was faced with having to pay a fine of £192 to free her car and a further 'retention' charge of £26 for every day that the vehicle remains at the police pound (Emma pictured in 2015)

She was faced with having to pay a fine of £192 to free her car and a further ‘retention’ charge of £26 for every day that the vehicle remains at the police pound (Emma pictured in 2015
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Photographs obtained by MailOnline show the actress ¿ who was wearing a black French beret and a long dark coat ¿ at the scene with a police officer standing by and the tow-truck driver dressed in high-visibility overalls

Photographs obtained by MailOnline show the actress – who was wearing a black French beret and a long dark coat – at the scene with a police officer standing by and the tow-truck driver dressed in high-visibility overalls

‘Police had impounded her Audi A3 and it had been loaded onto a recovery truck. She was out pleading with them not to take her car away.

‘But they weren’t listening and it was towed away. Apparently she had parked in front of some gates and blocked this guy in for hours.

‘A man had come into the pub earlier to say that a blue Audi A3 had blocked the entrance to a car park. The police came first and then they called a recovery vehicle and towed it away.’
The actress has been contacted by MailOnline for comment.


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