Motorists given dressing down

Drivers abusing disabled parking restrictions have been given a dressing down from those affected by their actions.

Drivers abusing disabled parking restrictions have been given a dressing down from those affected by their actions.

Members of North Walsham Area Access Group joined officers from the North Walsham Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) for two patrols in a bid to educate motorists who park next to dropped kerbs.

Offenders who were caught, were offered a restorative approach as an alternative to a �30 fixed penalty notice, where members of the access group explained how parking next to dropped kerbs would cause them difficulties.

Police community support officer Imogen Palmer said: "Two motorists were found to be parking next to dropped kerbs and both opted for the restorative approach.


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"They were very apologetic and one young female said that she should have known better as her grandmother used a mobility scooter."

Chris Wayte, chairman of the North Walsham Area Access Group, who has been disabled since 2006 after losing his leg as a result of arthritis, first raised the issue as a priority to the team.

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He said: "If you use a manual wheelchair or mobility scooter and access to a dropped kerb is blocked you cannot cross the road. You have to travel to the next dropped kerb which could be quite a distance, and when you are using a wheelchair this is not easy."

Officers from the North Walsham SNT have said they will continue to carry out patrols and work alongside the access group.

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