Police are investigating after a man allegedly pushed a traffic warden to the ground outside a school on the first day of a crackdown on illegal parking by parents.

The incident is said to have happened outside Rudyard Kipling Primary School in Chalkland Rise, Woodingdean, where wardens had been deployed to enforce parking on yellow zig-zag lines.

A parent is said to have pushed a warden to the floor after they asked them to not to park illegally to drop off their child.

Brighton and Hove City Council is targeting parking outside four schools this week and wardens are handing out on-the-spot fines as part of the crackdown on pavement parking.

The punishment is being rolled out to tackle “inconsiderate” parking around schools.

Vehicles caught pulled up on pavements or verges or spotted driving on them could be fined £70.

A council spokeswoman said fines would be issued for “illegal, inconsiderate and unsafe parking and poor driver behaviour”.

She said: “This includes parking on double yellow lines or other waiting and loading restrictions, driving and parking on verges and footways, use of mobile phones when driving and any other road traffic offences.”