Parking warden subjected to abuse – from council’s own staff

Traffic wardens have been subjected to a string of physical and verbal attacks. Picture by Dave Barry 081799
Traffic wardens have been subjected to a string of physical and verbal attacks. Picture by Dave Barry 081799
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Scarborough traffic wardens have been subjected to a string of physical and verbal assaults - including an attack from one of their own staff.

Irate motorists, unhappy at having a fine slapped on their vehicle, have reacted by laying their hands on civil enforcement officers, swearing at them and even trying to mow them down with their cars.

One motorist was so incensed, they doused the warden by a hurling a bucket of water from their moped. Another used their vehicle to ‘pin’ the warden to a shop front.

A Scarborough Council worker was disciplined internally after verbally abusing a warden – despite working for the same authority.

A request under the Freedom of Information act has brought to light 13 attacks on council wardens since 2010.

A senior council officer branding the assaults “shameful,” and for Scarborough’s former top traffic cop Keith Hughes, the attacks are a sad snapshot of an increasingly more hostile society.

“I was in charge for about five years, and to the best of my memory, I can’t remember a single incident when a warden was attacked.

“People had a different attitude back then – this is just the way society is going, and generally. It’s becoming much more violent.”

Scarborough Borough Council Head of Environmental Services, Andy Skelton, said: “There is absolutely no justification for this kind of shameful, thuggish behaviour.

Everyone, regardless of occupation, should be able to carry out their work without being threatened or assaulted.”

He said that attacks on wardens are “mercifully rare,” adding: “Residents often ask us to divert our civil enforcement

officers to areas where they

are experiencing particular problems with illegal

parking.”

List of offences

2010

Driver drove at warden and pinned them to shop front.

Driver charged without due care and attention, fined and given three penalty points.

2011

Driver used abusive language and pushed warden - issued with penalty notice for disorder. Member of public threw water at warden from moped - offender cautioned by police.

Council worker used abusive language to warden - offender disciplined internally by council. Fixed penalty notice after

offender pushed over warden’s scooter.

ASBO handed out after warden threatened with violence.

2012

Driver drove at warden and clipped his knee - No action taken as vehicle not identified.

Driver used abusive language before grabbing warden’s camera before knocking off his hat.