A billionaire has been blasted for apparently blocking disabled access at the opening of his new flagship homeware store with his £200,000 Ferrari.
Chris Dawson blocked the pavement outside The Range in Plymouth, where a wheelchair user struggling to squeeze past his personalised DAW50N number plate.
Raymond McIver, 35, noticed the Ferrari 488 in Devon and said he was disgusted to see disabled people having to go into the road to get around.
‘Mr Dawson parked his fancy sports car on the path and we had to use the main road to get past,’ he said. ‘No one could walk past [the car] on the pavement.
‘Everyone in the disabled bays had to go around the car off the pavement for around 10 to 15 meters and to me that’s dangerous.
‘There was a lady in a wheelchair struggling to get around as it was a raised curb. It’s disgusting.
‘There was an elderly lady with a stick in each hand who was unsteady on her feet. A car had to stop and let them go past. I felt really frustrated.’
A representative for Dawson declined to comment but the businessman is known for his expensive cars.
He is regularly spotted in the South West driving his Bentley, and he also owns high-end Range Rovers.
In the past, his Range Rover had to be winched out the way after it blocked the entrance to a funeral home.
In October 2015, it was reported how a family was left ‘distraught’ after a relative’s body was stranded outside the funeral directors because of the parking gaffe.
Mr Dawson left school with no qualifications and became a market trader who was dubbed Plymouth’s ‘deluxe Del Boy’.
Before that he was a street trader who sold lotion on beaches as well as perfume and watches in pubs in clubs, Plymouth Herald reports.
In the early 80s he opened cash-and-carries in Exeter and Newton Abbot and at the end of the decade he opened CDS.
He now runs well over 100 Range stores and the chains last year boasted profits of £46million.