Be careful what you wish for ... flurry of £30 fines as police respond to bad parking outside schools

PUBLISHED: 12:03 21 January 2016 | UPDATED: 12:03 21 January 2016

It's parking like this, close to St Mary's School in Ely, which is being targeted.

It's parking like this, close to St Mary's School in Ely, which is being targeted.

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The cash is rolling in from fixed penalty notices after parents parking badly outside schools ignored the warnings from East Cambs Police.

The ‘confetti spree’ of tickets began this week and, with massive public support, PCSOs began sifting responses from the well behaved parents of which schools to target.

While the culprits at St John’s Ely, Witchford Village College and Weatheralls in Soham were among the first to get issued with £30 fines, police are working through a list of other schools.

Schools where action has been requested include:

* Littleport Primary

* Bottisham

* All the schools in Soham

* Robert Arkenstall in Haddenham

* Stretham Primary

* Little Thetford

* Isleham

* Fordham

* The Lantern in Ely.

The first day of the clampdown on poor and dangerous parking around St Mary’s and St John’s Schools in Ely and Weatheralls in Soham landed seven parents with on the spot £30 fines.

Other drivers are waiting to hear their fate after being hit with a traffic offence report (TOR) which could cost them a fine of up to £100 and three points on their licence.

A further six drivers received the on the spot fines on Tuesday when PCSOs patrolled the streets around Littleport schools.

Sgt Ryan Carter, who is co-ordinating the campaign, said: “Local officers have been targeting schools at drop off and pick up times due to concerns raised about road safety by our community. This will continue in the coming weeks.

“It was our hope that the problem could be dealt with without the need for issuing fixed penalty tickets but 13 tickets have been issued this week so far.

“Our ultimate aim is to achieve safe passage for children, parents and vehicles without the need for any level of policing. Success to us would be improved parking decisions at these locations thus keeping children safe and removing the need for police attendance.”


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