Hello GazzaI pulled the handbrake on until i couldn't get it to go up anymore and then it only just held on a steep drive. Then it was very difficult to get the handbrake off again, so that can't be good for the handbrake cable. Wife certainly would struggle to get it off. Like you say though pads and disks would not have bedded in through.
The other thing we noticed was a loud suspension creek coming from the near side front of the car when we went over a couple of speed ramps, mainly coming off the ramp. The car is a 17 plate and only done 5000 miles so what is this likely to be down too, low use?
I have the same issue, my wife and I both use the car and if I pull up the hand brake enough to stop the car rolling on our drive, then my wife uses the car next and cant release the H/brake.
What I have to do is stop the car with the foot brake switch the engine off and put it in gear with my foot still on the brake then apply the hand brake. of course as soon as she puts her foot on the clutch to start the car it starts to creak and slowly roll forward. I will soon be ringing the dealer to book it in.