Tuesday, October 26

Anger at policewoman who parked in disabled bay while she went to get lunch


 

 

Reports of a Birmingham police officer who parked her patrol car in a disabled bay at a KFC to grab a snack has sparked an angry reaction.

The Mail revealed a uniformed officer had received a warning after being caught tucking in at the branch in Heybarnes Retail Park, Coventry Road, Small Heath, last Friday, August 19.

It became a divisive issue on social media, with most criticising the officer for parking in one of only two designated disabled spaces.

However, she was not without support, with some saying it was a victimless event and police officers have busy jobs.

Nicky Cunningham posted on the Mail’s Facebook page: “Nothing better to do? Not a big deal? Yes, yes it is a big deal. When every minute of your life is consumed with pain, your legs don’t work, you struggle to access shops, bars, public transport and you struggle to stay safely in a wheelchair on the uneven, sloping footpaths and bumpy, pothole laden car parks etc.”

However, Luke Stanford said: “Police have busy jobs and have to find time to get food before rushing back out to the next call. She parked in the disabled bay, so what. No one was affected, no one said “oh I’m disabled and couldn’t park cuz (sic) that police car there.”

Her actions earned her a ticking off as Chief Insp Phil Radbourne, of Birmingham East Police, confirmed the officer had been spoken to about her actions.

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He said: “West Midlands Police demands the highest standards of professionalism and integrity from all its staff.

“Police officers should always park safely and lawfully and should not occupy spaces designated for people with disabilities.

“The only exception would be when an officer is responding to an emergency and even then it should only be when there are no other options available.

“The officer involved has been identified and given appropriate advice − she realised the mistake she made and has apologised for her actions.”

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Many readers took to our Facebook page to complain of double standards and how they would have been slapped with a fine if they had done the same.

Kelly-Anne Kai Griffiths, said: “Errr if it was normal Joe public who dun (sic )this police would of taken great pleasure in reprimanding them. 1 rule for them as uaual.”

Nazmeen Nisa said: “Tomorrow im going to break the law then apologise would i get away scott free?? Sorry but her parking there & getting away is just out of hand if that was us we would get a ticket or right mouth ful.”

Laura Page posted: “Don’t act like you are above the law. Enforce it.”

Nicola Trickett said: “No excuse should of known better.”

It wasn’t all bad for the policewoman. Rod Adams wrote: “It’s KFC not the health centre-man oh man can we get a grip.”