A PARENT who knocked over a traffic warden when he ran into him outside a school has written a letter of apology.

The man collided with the warden, named only as Joe, as he was issuing a ticket to a car on the first day of a city council-led crackdown on illegal parking by parents.

Eyewitnesses said the warden sustained injuries to his shoulder, but he did not require medical treatment.

The incident happened outside Rudyard Kipling Primary School in Chalkland Rise, Woodingdean, on Tuesday morning.

Traffic enforcement officers had been deployed to enforce parking regulations on yellow zig-zag lines. Sussex Police said the 35-year-old and the traffic warden had agreed to a community resolution to resolve the matter.

The warden, who was knocked to the ground, will receive a letter of apology.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “The warden, who did not require medical treatment, had been issuing a ticket to a car outside the Rudyard Kipling Primary School in Woodingdean on Tuesday morning.

“The 35-year-old man, from Brighton, ran from the school and collided with the warden before getting into the passenger side of the car. Police visited his home address later in the day and he has agreed to provide a written letter of apology to the parking warden.”

Brighton and Hove City Council has been targeting parking outside four schools this week in a bid to tackle “inconsiderate” parking. Vehicles caught pulled up on pavements or verges or spotted driving on them could be fined £70.

A council spokesman 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.”