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Police to lead crackdown on illegal parking in Bideford

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

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BIDEFORD police have announced a crackdown on illegal parking in the town centre over the festive period.

It will see police officers team up with civil parking enforcement officers to patrol the town in a bid to cut the level of dangerous and illegal parking.

Officers will pay particular attention to Bridgeland Street, which has been identified as a hotspot for troublesome parking.

Sergeant Paul McWhinnie, Bideford Police Neighbourhood Team Leader, said: "Parking in Bridgeland Street is a particular problem. We're concerned that with people parking down both sides of the street there's little room for drivers to take evasive action as unseen pedestrians have to cross the road from between parked cars."

He also said the issue posed potential dangers in the case of an emergency.

He said: "If vehicles are parked down both sides of the street and emergency services are called to an incident then often the only place they can park is in the middle of the road.

"This not only causes congestion, but also delays the arrival of other emergency service vehicles which may be required to attend."

Police officers have been delivering letters to properties along the street and surrounding area informing them of the parking rules.

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