Police defend use of disabled bay

Basingstoke Gazette: Police defend use of disabled bay Police defend use of disabled bay

BASINGSTOKE police have defended their use of a disabled parking bay in the town centre.

Criticism was levelled at the force after a police car was photographed in a disabled bay at Jacob’s Yard, at 4.20pm on Thursday August 6.

The car was using the disabled space despite the fact that normal parking bays were available just metres away.

Inspector Olga Venner, of Basingstoke police station, said the two officers involved were seizing a nearby motorbike that was not insured.

The inspector said: “Police officers are well aware of the need to park responsibly when dealing with incidents and crimes.

“In this instance, the vehicle had pulled into the bay whilst arranging recovery of an uninsured vehicle as part of our commitment to remove such vehicles and drivers from our roads.

“The police car was not left unattended at any time and could have moved if the bay was needed by a member of the public.”

Borough councillor Jane Frankum, who is disabled, said: “It infuriates me when I see people who are perfectly fit and healthy parking in disabled spaces.

“You would hope that if a police officer saw someone who wasn’t disabled parking there, they would do something about it, so you expect the same rules to apply to them.

“I understand that if it was an emergency they would need the spot, but this wasn’t an emergency and there were regular spaces that they could have used just a few feet away.”

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9:38pm Sun 23 Aug 09

kieran heffernan says...

feds man think they are above the law they said they was in the middle of an incedent to park there when there were perfectly good ones like 2 seconds away if they seen a member of public do that they would have got fined or maybe even clamped or towed straight away
feds man think they are above the law they said they was in the middle of an incedent to park there when there were perfectly good ones like 2 seconds away if they seen a member of public do that they would have got fined or maybe even clamped or towed straight away kieran heffernan

2:27pm Mon 24 Aug 09

R_Johnson says...

But it's clear to see there is a spare space! Get off their backs!

If they took away the blue badges from those that don't really need them, you could probably cut the number of disabled spaces by two thirds.

I'm reasonably sure that most of us know someone with a Blue Badge who is, at best, pushing their luck to claim they need it.
But it's clear to see there is a spare space! Get off their backs! If they took away the blue badges from those that don't really need them, you could probably cut the number of disabled spaces by two thirds. I'm reasonably sure that most of us know someone with a Blue Badge who is, at best, pushing their luck to claim they need it. R_Johnson

5:27pm Mon 24 Aug 09

alan partridge says...

aha!

I don't see what all the fuss is about?

The Police should be able to park up where they want when on official business.

Let the Police do their jobs and stop your twisting.
aha! I don't see what all the fuss is about? The Police should be able to park up where they want when on official business. Let the Police do their jobs and stop your twisting. alan partridge

4:21pm Wed 26 Aug 09

Cairns says...

The fact is they were doing there job. They were as they say clearing yet another uninsured car from the road, I'm sure if that car happened to crash with you there would be cries of "The police aren't doing enough"
And as previously said you could park at least one other car behind it.
The fact is they were doing there job. They were as they say clearing yet another uninsured car from the road, I'm sure if that car happened to crash with you there would be cries of "The police aren't doing enough" And as previously said you could park at least one other car behind it. Cairns

11:34am Thu 27 Aug 09

ChinehamIan says...

Wow. Some people really do have far too much time on their hands to complain about this. Surely there are far more pressing things that require attention - such as the seemingly huge increase in violent crime in Basingstoke. Leave the police alone to do their job - and anyway (controversial comment coming) there are far too many disabled spaces already - usually always empty! No offence implied.
Wow. Some people really do have far too much time on their hands to complain about this. Surely there are far more pressing things that require attention - such as the seemingly huge increase in violent crime in Basingstoke. Leave the police alone to do their job - and anyway (controversial comment coming) there are far too many disabled spaces already - usually always empty! No offence implied. ChinehamIan

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