Officer sorry for parking blunder

This Is Wiltshire: Officer sorry for parking blunder Officer sorry for parking blunder

A POLICE officer has apologised for parking in a disabled parking space at a supermarket at the weekend.

The male officer, who parked in the yellow marked bay at Asda Walmart on Saturday, has been given formal advice by officials at Wiltshire Police after a photograph of the car made it into the Adver.

Temporary Chief Inspector Roger Bull said the officer involved was sorry for using the space.

“The officer concerned has been spoken to and given suitable words of advice,” he said. “He is embarrassed and very apologetic for his actions.” Inspector Bull said no further action would be taken as the incident did not reach the disciplinary threshold for formal action.

The police officer was called to the scene at about 3.20pm on Saturday to deal with a report of theft from the store.

“Police officers should always park safely and lawfully,” said Inspector Bull.

“They should not occupy spaces designated for people with disabilities. “The only exception would be when an officer is responding to an emergency, such as a crime in progress or reports of a violent person and, even then, only when there are no other safe options available.”

A reader, who did not want to be named, sent the photograph to the Adver after she spotted the illegally parked car.

She said she had seen a disabled woman struggling to get into her car in a regular parking space.

More than 40 comments have been left on the Adver website about the issue.

Ricky1 said: “Drivers need to be aware that it is an offence to park in a disabled space without a blue badge and the person who is on the badge photo being in the car. “It is not an offence to use parent and child spaces but you can also get billed for using one in a private carp ark.

“At weekends the blue badge spaces in Asda are often fully occupied. “The police were breaking the law by parking here.”

David Plotkin, the manager of Swindon Living Options, a service run by disability charity Scope, asked people to avoid parking in disabled bays and to leave them available for disabled people who genuinely need them.

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9:47am Fri 16 Nov 12

PaulD says...

I know this story has done the rounds already, but I have never seen an occassion where all the disabled bays at a supermarket were taken up, even when some were being abused.

To be honest, the supermarkets don't help as they don't police the bays.

Mainly because that would cost them money, and also because they can't really as it is not illegal to poark in a disabled bay in a private car park.
I know this story has done the rounds already, but I have never seen an occassion where all the disabled bays at a supermarket were taken up, even when some were being abused. To be honest, the supermarkets don't help as they don't police the bays. Mainly because that would cost them money, and also because they can't really as it is not illegal to poark in a disabled bay in a private car park. PaulD
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10:01am Fri 16 Nov 12

Davey Gravey says...

If the police abuse the parking on supermarkets then what hope is there for everyone else? The copper is only sorry because he got caught
If the police abuse the parking on supermarkets then what hope is there for everyone else? The copper is only sorry because he got caught Davey Gravey
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10:46am Fri 16 Nov 12

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

Why does the article quote a reference by someone who claimed it was a criminal offense to park in them; when it isn't.

It also states higher up that it is an offense.

Selective journalism at its best......?

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Why does the article quote a reference by someone who claimed it was a criminal offense to park in them; when it isn't. It also states higher up that it is an offense. Selective journalism at its best......? http://webarchive.na tionalarchives.gov.u k/+/www.direct.gov.u k/en/disabledpeople/ motoringandtransport /bluebadgescheme/dg_ 171251 LordAshOfTheBrake
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10:53am Fri 16 Nov 12

I 2 Could B says...

Completely agree with PaulD's comment above - I have never, ever, seen any car park where ALL of the disabled bays have been used. Although, I have been in car parks where all the regular spaces were full and yet there were loads of empty disabled spaces which nobody felt they could use.

As far as the law is concerned, supermarket car parks are private property and it is NOT illegal to park in a disabled bay without a Blue Badge.

I think the police have done the right thing here. Yes, obviously the officer concerned thought he'd get away with it (and didn't), but other than an apology, what more do people really want, surely people aren't vindictive enough to want to see the guy lose his job over something this trivial?
Completely agree with PaulD's comment above - I have never, ever, seen any car park where ALL of the disabled bays have been used. Although, I have been in car parks where all the regular spaces were full and yet there were loads of empty disabled spaces which nobody felt they could use. [p] As far as the law is concerned, supermarket car parks are private property and it is NOT illegal to park in a disabled bay without a Blue Badge. [p] I think the police have done the right thing here. Yes, obviously the officer concerned thought he'd get away with it (and didn't), but other than an apology, what more do people really want, surely people aren't vindictive enough to want to see the guy lose his job over something this trivial? I 2 Could B
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12:32pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Oldswindonian says...

Its the Adver who should be apologetic and embarrassed for devoting so much time to a non story. Get a grip!
Its the Adver who should be apologetic and embarrassed for devoting so much time to a non story. Get a grip! Oldswindonian
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12:37pm Fri 16 Nov 12

umpcah says...

Oldswindonian wrote:
Its the Adver who should be apologetic and embarrassed for devoting so much time to a non story. Get a grip!
On the rare occasions when there hasn`t been any recent rapes, stabbings or similar the Adver has to create something for readers to look at ! As they say watch this space !
[quote][p][bold]Oldswindonian[/bold] wrote: Its the Adver who should be apologetic and embarrassed for devoting so much time to a non story. Get a grip![/p][/quote]On the rare occasions when there hasn`t been any recent rapes, stabbings or similar the Adver has to create something for readers to look at ! As they say watch this space ! umpcah
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3:25pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Al Smith says...

Oldswindonian wrote:
Its the Adver who should be apologetic and embarrassed for devoting so much time to a non story. Get a grip!
Add to that repeating the fallacy that parking in disabled spaces in privately owned car parks is illegal.
[quote][p][bold]Oldswindonian[/bold] wrote: Its the Adver who should be apologetic and embarrassed for devoting so much time to a non story. Get a grip![/p][/quote]Add to that repeating the fallacy that parking in disabled spaces in privately owned car parks is illegal. Al Smith
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4:32pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Hmmmf says...

Adver wrote:
A reader, who did not want to be named, sent the photograph to the Adver after she spotted the illegally parked car.
She said she had seen a disabled woman struggling to get into her car in a regular parking space.

And yet, strangely, this anonymous would-be photo-journalist didn't supply a photograph of the alleged struggling disabled woman, nor indeed assist the alleged struggling disabled woman. Why, it's almost as if this alleged struggling disabled woman didn't exist at all...
[quote][p][bold]Adver[/bold] wrote: A reader, who did not want to be named, sent the photograph to the Adver after she spotted the illegally [sic] parked car. She said she had seen a disabled woman struggling to get into her car in a regular parking space.[/quote] And yet, strangely, this anonymous would-be photo-journalist didn't supply a photograph of the alleged struggling disabled woman, nor indeed assist the alleged struggling disabled woman. Why, it's almost as if this alleged struggling disabled woman didn't exist at all... Hmmmf
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9:52am Sat 17 Nov 12

rugbyplayer1234 says...

Way too many disabled spaces and nowhere near enough parent and child !!
Way too many disabled spaces and nowhere near enough parent and child !! rugbyplayer1234
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1:52pm Sat 17 Nov 12

charityman101 says...

Firstly how is this a story??? Get a Grip people. It is a human error not worthy of a small article let alone its own headline.

What normal human being would want to take a picture of a police car and then report it to the local press? Its pathetic. Maybe the person who took this needs to be named and shamed too as i am sure if they needed the police's help, they wouldnt object to where they parked
Firstly how is this a story??? Get a Grip people. It is a human error not worthy of a small article let alone its own headline. What normal human being would want to take a picture of a police car and then report it to the local press? Its pathetic. Maybe the person who took this needs to be named and shamed too as i am sure if they needed the police's help, they wouldnt object to where they parked charityman101
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