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Police find rude note on car after responding to emergency

Police found the note after responding to an emergency call – Photo: Halesworth Police

Officers who responded to an emergency call in Leiston last night found a rude note about their parking on returning to their car.

A concern for welfare call was received by Suffolk Police at around 11pm yesterday, Thursday 10th September, with officers responding immediately to the incident.

On arrival the marked police car had to be parked on double yellow lines in order to get close to the address.

The individual who they were called to assist required medical attention and the officers provided care and support until paramedics arrived.

On returning to the car they found a handwritten note on the driver’s window complaining about the parking.

The note was attached to the driver’s window – Photo: Halesworth Police

The note read: “No parking means no parking, you are not exempt, just ignorant.”

The 2002 Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions state that emergency vehicles can park in restricted areas – containing, for instance, single or double yellow lines, only when they’re used for specific police, fire brigade or ambulance purposes.

Routine, non-emergency calls are not included in this exemption.

A spokesperson for Halesworth Police said: “Please be mindful that, under such circumstances, emergency service vehicles may be parked inconveniently by necessity, as the nearest location to an address.

“The patience and understanding of the Public is always appreciated under such circumstances.”


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