January 23, 2013

TRAFFIC wardens in Bishop's Waltham are “terrified” following continued abuse, a parish council meeting has heard.

Parking in the square of the market town is becoming so fraught that residents are too scared to object to careless parking, city Councillor David McLean said.

“We have these wardens doing their best they can, but they're almost terrified now to say anything because they get abuse. I heard one was attacked the other day.

“In the square there have been reports of some fairly savage issues,” he said.

Beat officer PC Simon Paulls said: “We do not believe a warden was assaulted but a few have been verbally assaulted by the public. It's happened two or three times in total in the last year and I have been with them to see it on a couple of occasions.

“The public have got very blasé about parking and we're just trying to get back on track,” he said.

In an effort to tackle the problem PC Paulls has been in regular contact with the wardens, even accompanying them on patrols.