A 20-year-old car regularly used by teenagers has been condemned as unfit for use. All four tyres were under-inflated, both wing mirrors were missing, and the windscreen was filthy.
A group of 14-18 year-olds in Stockport have been put at risk because social workers and other professionals failed to recognize the signs of neglect and abuse.
The teenagers' parents and other concerned neighbours brought their plight to the attention of local MPs.
One of the 18-year-olds, still jobless, complained that it had ruined his life. "I blame it all on the bad car," said his grandmother. "His granddad should never have let him have that old Morris."
When the MPs went to investigate the car provided for the teenagers, they were visibly shocked, and immediately set up a committee to implement improvements. "We need to foster higher standards of car for teenagers in this area," said Ivor Bentley, Conservative MP for Stockport.
The committee called for better training for all front-line professionals. "And as soon as Stockport County F.C. is back in the Premier Division, we'll have another look at that car."