Police, camera, reaction as officers flout parking laws

Photo evidence: The cars parked in Theatre Street, Preston, and, below, Station Road, New Longton

Photo evidence: The cars parked in Theatre Street, Preston, and, below, Station Road, New Longton

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Police officers have been slammed for “inconsiderate and selfish” parking, after patrol cars were photographed on a footpath, double yellow lines, and in a disabled bay.

LEP readers snapped one car straddling a footpath and double yellow lines in Station Road, New Longton on Sunday, and another in a disabled bay in Theatre Street, Preston, on Tuesday afternoon.

Police car in Station Road, New Longton on Sunday, February 2.

Police car in Station Road, New Longton on Sunday, February 2.

Police said there were emergency circumstances, but are investigating the incidents and issuing advice.

The man who took the Theatre Street photograph, who did not want to be named, said: “As a registered disabled adult with a registered disabled five-year-old daughter who is a wheelchair user, I find it wholly unacceptable that Lancashire Constabulary can condone their officers utilising designated disabled parking bays anywhere, let alone Preston town centre where disabled parking is at a premium.”

He added: “If this was a member of the public without a blue badge, officer’s would no doubt gleefully accrue some daily police points by issuing a ticket. We cannot have double standards or police officers who do not lead by example.”

The man who took the New Longton picture said he took the snap “out of disbelief”.

Regarding Theatre Street, a police spokesperson said: “It is not acceptable for police vehicles to routinely park in disabled bays however this officer was dealing with an incident in which there were serious concerns for a man’s safety.

“We are examining the circumstances surrounding this case and ensuring all police staff and officers are advised with regard to their responsibilities when parking their vehicles.”

The Constabulary declined to comment specifically on the New Longton photograph.

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