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Parked police car dumped overnight on 'keep clear' sign outside Little Reddings Primary School in Bushey
Little Reddings Police have been criticised after a marked car was left parked on a keep clear sign outside a primary school for more than 20 hours.
Patrick Hanbury, 25, spotted the car when he was collecting his children from Little Reddings Primary School, in Harcourt Avenue, in Bushey around 3.15pm last Wednesday afternoon.
Police later admitted the car had been abandoned there since 8pm the night before when officers had been called to a fight in Melbourne Road.
Lack of staff meant the vehicle was not collected until after Mr Hanbury had photographed it.
Mr Hanbury said it was "disgusting" the car had been parked illegally for so long.
The father of two added: "It was terrible seeing the car parked there, especially when traffic wardens were out ticketing parents who were parked much better than that.
"It’s as if the police think they’re above the law."
The High Wycombe resident said another parent had seen the car in exactly the same place in the morning, and he himself had seen it twice, once at 12pm and once at 3pm.
He added: "There was no need for the car to be parked there. There were plenty of spaces to park in the area where there were no markings.
"What makes me angry was the way in which he was parked, right over the keep clear sign."
Hertsmere Safer Neighbourhood Inspector Richard Johnson said several arrests had been made the previous night.
Some vehicles had been "temporarily" left while their drivers helped colleagues escort the suspects to custody.
He said: "The law does allow for the usual parking rules to be contravened by police when responding to emergencies.
"However unfortunately in this instance there was a delay in moving this particular vehicle due to resourcing and for this reason we apologise for any inconvenience caused."
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