Police in Hereford to appeal van parking ticket

The CCTV police van parked on Broad Street in Hereford which received a parking ticket.

The CCTV police van parked on Broad Street in Hereford which received a parking ticket.

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Police in Hereford have shown they are not above the law after a force van was slapped with a parking ticket.

The vehicle was issued with a fine, having been left illegally on Broad Street, outside Barclays Bank.

West Mercia Police’s Herefordshire division says the van was in place in response to “a specific risk to a location within Hereford”.

“We took a decision based on intelligence to park a police vehicle with CCTV cameras in that location knowing that it was on yellow lines,” said Superintendent Kevin Purcell.

“The risk was averted, with the vehicle remaining there for the minimum time necessary.

“Parking on yellow lines is not something that I would usually condone, however I am satisfied that on this occasion the people of Herefordshire would support, and indeed expect, our officers to protect them using appropriate means.

“It is however pleasing to note that our parking enforcement colleagues from Herefordshire Council perform their role without favour or affection and treat every vehicle the same.”

He added he would be appealing the ticket “based on the exact circumstances of the incident”.

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9:41am Thu 15 Apr 10

lady jann says...

should there be a fine or dissaplinary proceedings will these accrue to the driver as in the private sector?? (as we as employers cannot and do not encourage and condone breaking the law )or will the rate/taxpayer be responcable and have to foot the bill ???
for yet more time consuming waste of tax payers resorces !!!.
should there be a fine or dissaplinary proceedings will these accrue to the driver as in the private sector?? (as we as employers cannot and do not encourage and condone breaking the law )or will the rate/taxpayer be responcable and have to foot the bill ??? for yet more time consuming waste of tax payers resorces !!!. lady jann
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10:35am Thu 15 Apr 10

Cromwell says...

Bullcrap to put it politely Superindentent Purcell! Don't be like politicians and take the public for fools, just admit you've been nicked and pay up. Anyway, no doubt the fine payment will come out of public funds and not the guilty copper's pockets.
Bullcrap to put it politely Superindentent Purcell! Don't be like politicians and take the public for fools, just admit you've been nicked and pay up. Anyway, no doubt the fine payment will come out of public funds and not the guilty copper's pockets. Cromwell
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8:03pm Thu 15 Apr 10

Nelmar says...

I for one will be requesting the reason for parking there under the FOI act. And if it's found to be pointless, can the fine be reinvoked?

Aside from that - Can we teach these drivers to park closer to the kerb in our already clogged up highways?
I for one will be requesting the reason for parking there under the FOI act. And if it's found to be pointless, can the fine be reinvoked? Aside from that - Can we teach these drivers to park closer to the kerb in our already clogged up highways? Nelmar
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10:35am Fri 16 Apr 10

Bridstow 1 says...

On the surface it is easy to see how people may view this cynically but maybe we should withhold critiscism unless we have real evidence that demostrates that the explanation offered is inaccurate. There is something wrong in a society where the automatic assumption is that someone is not telling the truth.
On the surface it is easy to see how people may view this cynically but maybe we should withhold critiscism unless we have real evidence that demostrates that the explanation offered is inaccurate. There is something wrong in a society where the automatic assumption is that someone is not telling the truth. Bridstow 1
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8:09pm Fri 16 Apr 10

flibs says...

I saw this van sat there for ages and did wonder about it as the CCTV camera appeared to be staring into the sky. How is monitoring the sky above Hereford supposed to avert an incident?
I saw this van sat there for ages and did wonder about it as the CCTV camera appeared to be staring into the sky. How is monitoring the sky above Hereford supposed to avert an incident? flibs
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6:23pm Tue 20 Apr 10

Gnomie says...

Oh dear, Superintendent Purcell! Now you know what tradesmen carrying out repairs in town centre premises and couriers trying to make deliveries have to endure every day of the working week. I've no sympathy at all.
Oh dear, Superintendent Purcell! Now you know what tradesmen carrying out repairs in town centre premises and couriers trying to make deliveries have to endure every day of the working week. I've no sympathy at all. Gnomie
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