A man reacted angrily to being issued a parking ticket in Haverhill and had to be put in the back of a police van to cool down.
The man was shopping in Iceland, in the High Street, last Thursday (October 18) and came out to see his car was being issued a ticket by Sgt Gary Miller.
He first claimed he had a blue badge, which he had forgotten to display, but this was his father’s.
As he got increasingly agitated Sgt Miller called for the van, and the man was placed in the back until he calmed down.
He was then issued with his £30 fine and allowed to leave.
Traffic is not allowed down Haverhill High Street between 10am and 4pm on weekdays and 6am and 6pm on Saturdays, unless it is a blue badge holder or for loading and unloading.
Blue badge holders are allowed to use the road and park on double yellow lines, but they are not allowed to park on pavements, which is illegal for all road users.
Driving down the High Street and illegal parking there has long plagued the town and is often set as a priority for Haverhill’s Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) to deal with.
At the last quarterly SNT priority setting meeting on September 9, illegal parking on pavements and boy racers speeding down the High Street late at night were both set as priorities.
Since then police have issued 22 tickets.
However, Inspector Peter Ferrie, who opposes parking problems being set as a priority, does not believe that is making a difference.
“We could issue 30 tickets a day and it will make no difference whatsoever,” he said.
“We are out there issuing tickets though, as proved by this incident.”
Plans have often been touted to pedestrianise Haverhill’s High Street completely during the current restriction hours, as happens with Queen Street, but despite being backed by the town council are repeteadly blocked by businesses on the road which do not have rear access.
For all the latest news see today’s (Thursday, October 24) Echo.