Parking wardens threatened with crowbar as Sutton police warn against abuse

This Is Local London: Sutton Council said it receives "far more requests for enforcement" than complaints. Sutton Council said it receives "far more requests for enforcement" than complaints.

Parking wardens have been threatened with a crowbar and even driven at by angry motorists, it has been revealed.

Sutton police are warning people not to abuse parking wardens and that action will be taken against them if they commit such offences.

Recent incidents faced by parking enforcement officers include a motorist who drove along the pavement in Mulgrave Road, Sutton, believed to be targeting an enforcement officer. The driver was given an on-the-spot fine of £90.

Another man got a crowbar out of his boot to threaten two parking wardens who were in a Sutton Council CCTV enforcement car in Wellesley Road, Sutton.

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A CCTV enforcement car

Fortunately a passing police patrol intervened just in time and the man was arrested on two counts of public order offences.

Another driver was suspected of using his vehicle to target an enforcement officer in Elm Grove, Sutton. They have been charged with dangerous driving and appeared at Croydon Crown Court.

There have been two other offences against parking wardens, one opposite Sutton train station and one in Wallington, which have resulted in drivers being issued with £90 fines for committing public order offences.

Police action could result in a £90 on-the-spot fine, a caution, a charge and an appearance in court depending on the severity of their offence.

If offences are racially motivated then higher sentencing tariffs apply with offenders likely to be charged and put before the courts.

Town Centre Sergeant Simon Alexander said: “Any abuse will be taken seriously and offenders will be dealt with. Such behaviour will not be tolerated. Offenders will risk getting a criminal record.”

A spokesman for the council’s parking services, said: “We get far more requests for enforcement than we do complaints. Most drivers park within the rules.

"Parking wardens do a necessary but often thankless job. They must be allowed to do this without fear or intimidation. We will always look to prosecute in such circumstances.”


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11:22pm Tue 21 Jan 14

GreenBrown says...

"Parking wardens do a necessary but often thankless job. They must be allowed to do this without fear or intimidation. We will always look to prosecute in such circumstances.”

No they don't. The necessary part of their job is to ticket cars that are blocking the road or causing an obstruction or parked in a dodgy place, like a dangerous corner etc. Most of the time they are ticketing people for running over their ticket time or parking just slightly out of the bay or being in the wrong bay at the wrong time of day etc. That is not a necessary job. That makes the council lots of money and causes lots of stress to motorists. A Traffic wardens remit should be to ensure that traffic flows properly and safely. I would imagine 90% of their time is not spent doing that. It is a shameful job to do, in its current state and it's no surprise ****** self censored ******* employ when it all started gearing up to become the money generating machine it now is. I do enjoy watching Harry and Paul's parking Patawayo sketches, sums it all up perfectly.
"Parking wardens do a necessary but often thankless job. They must be allowed to do this without fear or intimidation. We will always look to prosecute in such circumstances.” No they don't. The necessary part of their job is to ticket cars that are blocking the road or causing an obstruction or parked in a dodgy place, like a dangerous corner etc. Most of the time they are ticketing people for running over their ticket time or parking just slightly out of the bay or being in the wrong bay at the wrong time of day etc. That is not a necessary job. That makes the council lots of money and causes lots of stress to motorists. A Traffic wardens remit should be to ensure that traffic flows properly and safely. I would imagine 90% of their time is not spent doing that. It is a shameful job to do, in its current state and it's no surprise ****** self censored ******* employ when it all started gearing up to become the money generating machine it now is. I do enjoy watching Harry and Paul's parking Patawayo sketches, sums it all up perfectly. GreenBrown

10:59am Wed 22 Jan 14

phil t says...

I had one of my guys park in loading bay to unload materials into a flat, whilst doing this a parking enforcement car pulled up behind his vehicle and took a picture of this vehicle in the loading bay, the enforcement driver could not even be bothered to get out of his vehicle to see that it was a van and issued a ticket via his camera which arrived in the post.( which was later revoked after desperate fight) for the wrong type of vehicle parking in a loading bay!!!! If you can't unload a van in a loading bay whats it there for? Necessary job for the enforcement officer or just an easy ticket or even laziness? oh and he parked on a double yellow line causing a traffic jam whilst doing it, I rest my case motorists are an easy target!
I had one of my guys park in loading bay to unload materials into a flat, whilst doing this a parking enforcement car pulled up behind his vehicle and took a picture of this vehicle in the loading bay, the enforcement driver could not even be bothered to get out of his vehicle to see that it was a van and issued a ticket via his camera which arrived in the post.( which was later revoked after desperate fight) for the wrong type of vehicle parking in a loading bay!!!! If you can't unload a van in a loading bay whats it there for? Necessary job for the enforcement officer or just an easy ticket or even laziness? oh and he parked on a double yellow line causing a traffic jam whilst doing it, I rest my case motorists are an easy target! phil t

11:25pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Digger26 says...

I was parked whilst doing a delivery from my van, in a loading bay and was given a ticket when I asked the traffic officer why I was given a ticket he told me it was because my van was not sign written and he had not seen me doing my delivery even though I was within the time scale allowed I contested the ticket and sent a copy of the delivery note and the ticket was cancelled. But many companies just pay these tickets without contesting them making the goods delivered more expensive to buy as they have to factor in these costs
Someone has to pay somewhere and it is normally the consumer that fits the bill.
Traffic wardens should be ticketing motorists who park on double yellow lines
pedestrian crossings and who cause a nuisance to other road users.
I was parked whilst doing a delivery from my van, in a loading bay and was given a ticket when I asked the traffic officer why I was given a ticket he told me it was because my van was not sign written and he had not seen me doing my delivery even though I was within the time scale allowed I contested the ticket and sent a copy of the delivery note and the ticket was cancelled. But many companies just pay these tickets without contesting them making the goods delivered more expensive to buy as they have to factor in these costs Someone has to pay somewhere and it is normally the consumer that fits the bill. Traffic wardens should be ticketing motorists who park on double yellow lines pedestrian crossings and who cause a nuisance to other road users. Digger26

11:01am Thu 23 Jan 14

Brianfromsutton says...

Is that a Sutton Council Parking Enforcement Officer in the picture?... it doesn''t look like it to me!

Does the Sutton Guardian not have a relevant picture or are they likely to get arrested if they try to take a photo of one in Sutton?

As for enforcement, have they given up doing so in Wallington High St.? I thought the bays there were changed to Loading and Disabled ones but whenever I drive through there it seems that everyone is just parking in them as they used to. Is it too contentious an issue for Parking Enforcement to challenge?
Is that a Sutton Council Parking Enforcement Officer in the picture?... it doesn''t look like it to me! Does the Sutton Guardian not have a relevant picture or are they likely to get arrested if they try to take a photo of one in Sutton? As for enforcement, have they given up doing so in Wallington High St.? I thought the bays there were changed to Loading and Disabled ones but whenever I drive through there it seems that everyone is just parking in them as they used to. Is it too contentious an issue for Parking Enforcement to challenge? Brianfromsutton

6:22am Sat 25 Jan 14

emelem says...

i witnessed a cctv car driver getting reamed by a woman for the way he drove around a corner at the bottom of the high street. people were cheering. it was pretty funny.... point being, don't punish people for breaking laws you can't uphold yourself.
i witnessed a cctv car driver getting reamed by a woman for the way he drove around a corner at the bottom of the high street. people were cheering. it was pretty funny.... point being, don't punish people for breaking laws you can't uphold yourself. emelem

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