Blitz on illegal parking at schools

Insp Richard Close of the Wakefield Central neighbourhood police team.
Insp Richard Close of the Wakefield Central neighbourhood police team.

A FOUL-MOUTHED driver was fined by police during patrols to crackdown on dangerous parking around Wakefield schools.

A police community support officer (PCSO) was patrolling Belgravia Road, near St John’s CE School, when the driver swore at the officer and drove off, refusing to take a ticket.

Insp Richard Close, from the Central neighbourhood police team, said he was traced to his home and issued with fixed penalty notices for illegal parking and his language, and a notice under the Police Reform Act for the manner of his driving.

Insp Close said: “My staff are empowered to deal with anti-social behaviour and wont tolerate swearing and inconsiderate driving.”

Police are enforcing traffic laws around Wakefield schools after repeated warnings to drivers not to park dangerously fell on deaf ears.

Insp Close said parking in restricted zones around schools was an ongoing problem and a danger to pupils.

He added: “Every year my team are called upon by members of the public who see illegal and inconsiderate parking.

“And every year we go through the same procedures of issuing warnings and sending letters home.

“My experience is that the warnings simply don’t work. We will enforce the parking restriction robustly when possible.”