Police station parkers are warned

PUBLISHED: 16:02 14 June 2016 | UPDATED: 16:02 14 June 2016

A large polilce van blocking the lower car park at Exmouth police station.

A large polilce van blocking the lower car park at Exmouth police station.

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A riot van has become a blockade against motorists using Exmouth Police Station as a public car park.

Police said it had been ‘forced’ to leave a van across the entrance of its staff car park because of the number of residents using the area for personal use.

Police are sending a strong message to culprits parking on police property at Exmouth – your vehicle could be clamped.

A police spokesman said officers had tried talking to residents in a bid to prevent the parking issue, but to no avail.

“A number of residents continue to use the police car park for personal use, despite the clear signs stating that this is police property and for operational use only. We have, on occasions, been forced to block the car park off with a police vehicle to stop this happening,” the spokesman said.

“Despite the fact that officers have spoken to residents and undertaken letter drops, people still continue to use the police parking for residential use, which has led to, on occasions, police officers and staff being unable to park at Exmouth station, which is very much an operational policing base and in use 24 hours a day.

“We wish to avoid clamping within the car park, and we ask once again that the public refrains from using the car park.”

A resident, who did not want to be named, said the on-street parking situation around the police station was ‘getting crazy’.

He said: “The police are entitled to block off access to their car park, but the upshot is that more people are now trying to park their cars on the streets and they’re simply isn’t the room.

“Consequently, people are parking overnight on double yellow lines, double-parking in the library car park and even parking in the area’s narrow one-way streets – which are vital for emergency access.

“Something needs to be done to ease the parking problem here.”

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