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Police van parked in disabled bay for 2 days caught on camera

The Argus: Police van parked in disabled bay for 2 days caught on camera Police van parked in disabled bay for 2 days caught on camera

POLICE have apologised after a van remained parked in a disabled bay for two days.

The CCTV unit was parked on the corner of High Street and Neville Road in Rottingdean from Saturday until Sunday afternoon without receiving a parking ticket.

Residents questioned why it was there and Phil Saunders, director of Screen Solutions, managed to snap a picture.

The 48-year-old said: “I only knew about it because I saw people talking on Facebook– so I went down to get a picture.

“It was there over the weekend and left a little while after I took the photo.

“It was empty, just parked up and not doing anything that I could see.

“My nephew has muscular dystrophy and he is constantly finding people parking in disabled bays – but for it to be the police just takes the biscuit.

“I know if I parked somewhere I shouldn’t have in Rottingdean, I would have certainly been ticketed.”

He added: “I think the rear wheel on the pavement makes it even worse.”

Inspector Paul Ransome, from Sussex Police, said: “A CCTV van was deployed to the High Street in Rottingdean as part of a preventative measure against break-ins and suspicious activity around a local shop over the last few weeks.

“Unfortunately, the only clear line of sight was from the disabled parking bay and the driver decided to leave the van there overnight on May 24.

“We did receive two calls pointing out that this was unacceptable and the van was removed around 12pm on Sunday.

“While this was an action carried out with the best intentions of crime prevention and local community reassurance, we accept that in these circumstances it was wrong and we apologise to anyone who was inconvenienced.”

A council spokesperson said: “The area where the disabled bay is situated is outside the controlled parking zones and therefore not routinely patrolled by enforcement officers.

“Members of the public can report vehicles they think may be illegally parked by filling in the online form on our website, or phoning our enforcement line on 0845 603 5469 (option 3).”

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9:08am Fri 30 May 14

Rhodes Seagull says...

Police van parked in disabled bay!!
Not ALL of it as back wheel on the pavement not to far from the double yellow line.
One law for us and one for them I suppose?
But what a good defense if you challenge a parking ticket in the same kind of situation. Just take the image along with you!!!
Police van parked in disabled bay!! Not ALL of it as back wheel on the pavement not to far from the double yellow line. One law for us and one for them I suppose? But what a good defense if you challenge a parking ticket in the same kind of situation. Just take the image along with you!!! Rhodes Seagull
  • Score: 20

9:10am Fri 30 May 14

hubby says...

Do what we say.....not what we do!
Do what we say.....not what we do! hubby
  • Score: 16

10:09am Fri 30 May 14

cookie_brighton says...

So an apology will stop the general public receiving a ticket.........the police are NOT above the law.
So an apology will stop the general public receiving a ticket.........the police are NOT above the law. cookie_brighton
  • Score: 11

10:14am Fri 30 May 14

clubrob6 says...

Police vehicles park all over the place outside the council offices in hove since the police moved there with there part time police office.
Police vehicles park all over the place outside the council offices in hove since the police moved there with there part time police office. clubrob6
  • Score: 6

10:20am Fri 30 May 14

firemanste says...

the vans back wheel is on the kerb so its not even parked properly.but the police do make mistakes as theyre only human.it may be annoying for some and on the other hand its annoying for the shop keepers who are having the break ins.no win situation for the police
the vans back wheel is on the kerb so its not even parked properly.but the police do make mistakes as theyre only human.it may be annoying for some and on the other hand its annoying for the shop keepers who are having the break ins.no win situation for the police firemanste
  • Score: 16

10:23am Fri 30 May 14

wippasnapper says...

Are yes the police flaunting the law as they do all the time like driving in a bus lain or parking in disable bays or on double yellow lines and on pavements – I’ve often pointed this out to them when I’ve seen it and there excuse is sorry we are dealing with a incident - but it dose not give you the right to flaunt the law regardless like they say a roll model should give an example of what is expected of everyone!
Are yes the police flaunting the law as they do all the time like driving in a bus lain or parking in disable bays or on double yellow lines and on pavements – I’ve often pointed this out to them when I’ve seen it and there excuse is sorry we are dealing with a incident - but it dose not give you the right to flaunt the law regardless like they say a roll model should give an example of what is expected of everyone! wippasnapper
  • Score: -3

10:34am Fri 30 May 14

Man of steel says...

Do not follow the link given by comanche762, it is a scam.
Do not follow the link given by comanche762, it is a scam. Man of steel
  • Score: 4

10:44am Fri 30 May 14

Goldenwight says...

Argus, I would like you to do a bit of journalism for once.

I am disabled. Had I needed to park in that bay, but been unable to because of a bit of obstinate thoughtless unlawful parking, I might have had to park on double yellow lines in an unsafe place (possibly restricting access.)

Can you please contact parking services and Police and find out what the position would have been- would I have been given a ticket, or would I automatically have been let off if I agreed to apologize?

I'm sure ALL of your readers would love to hear the answer...
Argus, I would like you to do a bit of journalism for once. I am disabled. Had I needed to park in that bay, but been unable to because of a bit of obstinate thoughtless unlawful parking, I might have had to park on double yellow lines in an unsafe place (possibly restricting access.) Can you please contact parking services and Police and find out what the position would have been- would I have been given a ticket, or would I automatically have been let off if I agreed to apologize? I'm sure ALL of your readers would love to hear the answer... Goldenwight
  • Score: 4

10:54am Fri 30 May 14

jioker says...

surprised the cameras were not working.so you will have one in salt dean,one at marina and one in hove plus cameras as well.i do that journey every day amongst the traffic as well,gotta be worst journey in Sussex,oh by the way hate crime has risen across Sussex,good to see the police only concentrate on motorists.good thing but seems to be lack of police to me.
surprised the cameras were not working.so you will have one in salt dean,one at marina and one in hove plus cameras as well.i do that journey every day amongst the traffic as well,gotta be worst journey in Sussex,oh by the way hate crime has risen across Sussex,good to see the police only concentrate on motorists.good thing but seems to be lack of police to me. jioker
  • Score: 1

11:12am Fri 30 May 14

Watchdog50 says...

wippasnapper wrote:
Are yes the police flaunting the law as they do all the time like driving in a bus lain or parking in disable bays or on double yellow lines and on pavements – I’ve often pointed this out to them when I’ve seen it and there excuse is sorry we are dealing with a incident - but it dose not give you the right to flaunt the law regardless like they say a roll model should give an example of what is expected of everyone!
I'm extremely pro police but am furious when I see things like this. Who wouldn't have been able to see that there would be a public outcry. It was just so stupid to have left the van parked there and I honestly think that a ticket should have been issued.

However, unlike wipasnapper above, I can see occasions when emergency vehicles would have to park in disabled bays, on double yellow lines and even on pavements. If that happens to be the nearest vacant space to where an emergency has occurred, you'd hardly expect them to drive around trying to find a 'legal' parking space. The same goes for their use of bus lanes. This was just a PR disaster waiting to happen though.
[quote][p][bold]wippasnapper[/bold] wrote: Are yes the police flaunting the law as they do all the time like driving in a bus lain or parking in disable bays or on double yellow lines and on pavements – I’ve often pointed this out to them when I’ve seen it and there excuse is sorry we are dealing with a incident - but it dose not give you the right to flaunt the law regardless like they say a roll model should give an example of what is expected of everyone![/p][/quote]I'm extremely pro police but am furious when I see things like this. Who wouldn't have been able to see that there would be a public outcry. It was just so stupid to have left the van parked there and I honestly think that a ticket should have been issued. However, unlike wipasnapper above, I can see occasions when emergency vehicles would have to park in disabled bays, on double yellow lines and even on pavements. If that happens to be the nearest vacant space to where an emergency has occurred, you'd hardly expect them to drive around trying to find a 'legal' parking space. The same goes for their use of bus lanes. This was just a PR disaster waiting to happen though. Watchdog50
  • Score: 0

12:53pm Fri 30 May 14

sussexanarchist says...

Did any of you actually bother to read the whole story?

It was parked there as a preventative measure because of Rottingdean yobs terrorising a shop.

Anyone with a disabled badge could park safely on double-yellows which they happily do all the time if it's nearer their destination than a bay.

Ironically the bay next door is completely empty anyway.
Did any of you actually bother to read the whole story? It was parked there as a preventative measure because of Rottingdean yobs terrorising a shop. Anyone with a disabled badge could park safely on double-yellows which they happily do all the time if it's nearer their destination than a bay. Ironically the bay next door is completely empty anyway. sussexanarchist
  • Score: 4

1:17pm Fri 30 May 14

Legal1974 says...

firemanste wrote:
the vans back wheel is on the kerb so its not even parked properly.but the police do make mistakes as theyre only human.it may be annoying for some and on the other hand its annoying for the shop keepers who are having the break ins.no win situation for the police
'...the police do make mistakes as they're only human...'

Well, that's ok then. If I ever get a ticket, I'll use that as my defence. I'm sure it'll work and the fine will be rescinded
[quote][p][bold]firemanste[/bold] wrote: the vans back wheel is on the kerb so its not even parked properly.but the police do make mistakes as theyre only human.it may be annoying for some and on the other hand its annoying for the shop keepers who are having the break ins.no win situation for the police[/p][/quote]'...the police do make mistakes as they're only human...' Well, that's ok then. If I ever get a ticket, I'll use that as my defence. I'm sure it'll work and the fine will be rescinded Legal1974
  • Score: -2

1:32pm Fri 30 May 14

Goldenwight says...

sussexanarchist wrote:
Did any of you actually bother to read the whole story? It was parked there as a preventative measure because of Rottingdean yobs terrorising a shop. Anyone with a disabled badge could park safely on double-yellows which they happily do all the time if it's nearer their destination than a bay. Ironically the bay next door is completely empty anyway.
I might be STOP on double yellow lines. Whether I can PARK there is another matter. And whether it would be "safe" as you so succintly put it is something else entirely- I have seen blue badge abuses where people have parked on corners, blocking access to streets and properties and far worse. I've seen far more similar abuses by people without blue badges. That doesn't mean that the majority of people will do it, fortunately.

And unless you happened to spend the entire weekend there, how do you KNOW that the bay next door was empty? How do you know that it was not continuously occupied apart from the 5 minute period when this photo was taken?

In any event, disabled bays are NOT normal parking bays. If you look at the picture again you may see some cross hatched yellow lines on the drivers' side? They are to allow wheelchair access. If you look at the bay next to it you will see that not only is it more narrow, but it has a kerb alongside. You try getting a wheelchair up a kerb safely sometime and negotiating a narrow space so you can access your car.
[quote][p][bold]sussexanarchist[/bold] wrote: Did any of you actually bother to read the whole story? It was parked there as a preventative measure because of Rottingdean yobs terrorising a shop. Anyone with a disabled badge could park safely on double-yellows which they happily do all the time if it's nearer their destination than a bay. Ironically the bay next door is completely empty anyway.[/p][/quote]I might be STOP on double yellow lines. Whether I can PARK there is another matter. And whether it would be "safe" as you so succintly put it is something else entirely- I have seen blue badge abuses where people have parked on corners, blocking access to streets and properties and far worse. I've seen far more similar abuses by people without blue badges. That doesn't mean that the majority of people will do it, fortunately. And unless you happened to spend the entire weekend there, how do you KNOW that the bay next door was empty? How do you know that it was not continuously occupied apart from the 5 minute period when this photo was taken? In any event, disabled bays are NOT normal parking bays. If you look at the picture again you may see some cross hatched yellow lines on the drivers' side? They are to allow wheelchair access. If you look at the bay next to it you will see that not only is it more narrow, but it has a kerb alongside. You try getting a wheelchair up a kerb safely sometime and negotiating a narrow space so you can access your car. Goldenwight
  • Score: -1

3:25pm Fri 30 May 14

Mr chock says...

sussexanarchist wrote:
Did any of you actually bother to read the whole story?

It was parked there as a preventative measure because of Rottingdean yobs terrorising a shop.

Anyone with a disabled badge could park safely on double-yellows which they happily do all the time if it's nearer their destination than a bay.

Ironically the bay next door is completely empty anyway.
i fully agree the police were doing a preventative measures approach if you have any worries and you call the police and they cant get to you because they are worried about moan moan folks because of their parking
LETS please stop harassing the police on this article comments and look at why the local yobs are causing such problems remember its not to long ago a young talented youth was killed near the Tescos on the coast road..
this link made me wonder http://goo.gl/maps/2
RXYz is that the missing NELLIE that the argus was looking for sure is a worry when a 92 year old is still misisng
[quote][p][bold]sussexanarchist[/bold] wrote: Did any of you actually bother to read the whole story? It was parked there as a preventative measure because of Rottingdean yobs terrorising a shop. Anyone with a disabled badge could park safely on double-yellows which they happily do all the time if it's nearer their destination than a bay. Ironically the bay next door is completely empty anyway.[/p][/quote]i fully agree the police were doing a preventative measures approach if you have any worries and you call the police and they cant get to you because they are worried about moan moan folks because of their parking LETS please stop harassing the police on this article comments and look at why the local yobs are causing such problems remember its not to long ago a young talented youth was killed near the Tescos on the coast road.. this link made me wonder http://goo.gl/maps/2 RXYz is that the missing NELLIE that the argus was looking for sure is a worry when a 92 year old is still misisng Mr chock
  • Score: 0

7:15pm Fri 30 May 14

jack081 says...

I find it funny that people constantly complain and moan about the police.
It's people like that who are the ones who call them and waste their time.
Nowadays people have no respect for the police and do not appreciate the work they actually do.

If your getting robbed, who do you call......?
If you have an accident, who do you call.....?

In this case, yes the police should not have parked in a disabled bay but they were doing something good for the community. As sussexanarchist mentioned, there are plenty of double yellow lines that blue badges are allowed to park on.
I find it funny that people constantly complain and moan about the police. It's people like that who are the ones who call them and waste their time. Nowadays people have no respect for the police and do not appreciate the work they actually do. If your getting robbed, who do you call......? If you have an accident, who do you call.....? In this case, yes the police should not have parked in a disabled bay but they were doing something good for the community. As sussexanarchist mentioned, there are plenty of double yellow lines that blue badges are allowed to park on. jack081
  • Score: 2

7:33pm Fri 30 May 14

PorkyChopper says...

cookie_brighton wrote:
So an apology will stop the general public receiving a ticket.........the police are NOT above the law.
Increasingly, in today's society, they clearly are. This is just a minor example of it.
[quote][p][bold]cookie_brighton[/bold] wrote: So an apology will stop the general public receiving a ticket.........the police are NOT above the law.[/p][/quote]Increasingly, in today's society, they clearly are. This is just a minor example of it. PorkyChopper
  • Score: 2

7:35pm Fri 30 May 14

PorkyChopper says...

Goldenwight wrote:
Argus, I would like you to do a bit of journalism for once.

I am disabled. Had I needed to park in that bay, but been unable to because of a bit of obstinate thoughtless unlawful parking, I might have had to park on double yellow lines in an unsafe place (possibly restricting access.)

Can you please contact parking services and Police and find out what the position would have been- would I have been given a ticket, or would I automatically have been let off if I agreed to apologize?

I'm sure ALL of your readers would love to hear the answer...
Papers no longer do journalism anymore.
[quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: Argus, I would like you to do a bit of journalism for once. I am disabled. Had I needed to park in that bay, but been unable to because of a bit of obstinate thoughtless unlawful parking, I might have had to park on double yellow lines in an unsafe place (possibly restricting access.) Can you please contact parking services and Police and find out what the position would have been- would I have been given a ticket, or would I automatically have been let off if I agreed to apologize? I'm sure ALL of your readers would love to hear the answer...[/p][/quote]Papers no longer do journalism anymore. PorkyChopper
  • Score: 1

7:43pm Fri 30 May 14

melee says...

If you have a blue badge you can legally park on double yellows for up to 3 hours unless it says no loading or unloading, as long as you aren't causing an obstruction, in which case you can still be asked to move. HTH
If you have a blue badge you can legally park on double yellows for up to 3 hours unless it says no loading or unloading, as long as you aren't causing an obstruction, in which case you can still be asked to move. HTH melee
  • Score: -1

8:39pm Fri 30 May 14

supermom says...

This cameras van moved to Rottingdean from st Nicholas church car park in Saltdean vale, Where it was parked up for about a week or so.
This cameras van moved to Rottingdean from st Nicholas church car park in Saltdean vale, Where it was parked up for about a week or so. supermom
  • Score: 0

9:07pm Fri 30 May 14

ARMANA says...

Sad boys in blue, !!!
Sad boys in blue, !!! ARMANA
  • Score: -1

2:35am Sat 31 May 14

Mr chock says...

Goldenwight wrote:
Argus, I would like you to do a bit of journalism for once.

I am disabled. Had I needed to park in that bay, but been unable to because of a bit of obstinate thoughtless unlawful parking, I might have had to park on double yellow lines in an unsafe place (possibly restricting access.)

Can you please contact parking services and Police and find out what the position would have been- would I have been given a ticket, or would I automatically have been let off if I agreed to apologize?

I'm sure ALL of your readers would love to hear the answer...
i see the image very clearly and i am sure you will have noticed it to there is two parking bays this police van although parked "a very untidy in the box type of way " wheel on curb stone you will notice that many of the comments are clear the police are clearly doing a job and you goldilocks could have used your common sense to park right behind it with a note to police officers " in the clinique if the other bay was occupied as you know blue badge holders are also very good at acting disabled when they need to be ."wink wink"
[quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: Argus, I would like you to do a bit of journalism for once. I am disabled. Had I needed to park in that bay, but been unable to because of a bit of obstinate thoughtless unlawful parking, I might have had to park on double yellow lines in an unsafe place (possibly restricting access.) Can you please contact parking services and Police and find out what the position would have been- would I have been given a ticket, or would I automatically have been let off if I agreed to apologize? I'm sure ALL of your readers would love to hear the answer...[/p][/quote]i see the image very clearly and i am sure you will have noticed it to there is two parking bays this police van although parked "a very untidy in the box type of way " wheel on curb stone you will notice that many of the comments are clear the police are clearly doing a job and you goldilocks could have used your common sense to park right behind it with a note to police officers " in the clinique if the other bay was occupied as you know blue badge holders are also very good at acting disabled when they need to be ."wink wink" Mr chock
  • Score: -1

9:08am Sat 31 May 14

babsticals says...

TUT,TUT TUT!
TUT,TUT TUT! babsticals
  • Score: 1

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