Vi­o­lence against park­ing war­dens

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - An­drea O’Neill

Vi­o­lent at­tacks on‘blue mea­nies’have in­creased in the last year in South La­nark­shire lead­ing to calls for calm from the lo­cal au­thor­ity.

Shock­ing in­for­ma­tion, re­leased from South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, has re­vealed that park­ing at­ten­dants have been sub­jected to some ap­palling be­hav­iour from the pub­lic while car­ry­ing out their duty en­sur­ing mo­torists park re­spon­si­bly.

In­ci­dents across the area have in­cluded war­dens be­ing spat on, punched, be­ing racially abused, hav­ing their head banged against rail­ings and even hav­ing ve­hi­cles driven at them.

In the past year there have been eight sep­a­rate in­ci­dents recorded by park­ing at­ten­dants that have been par­tic­u­larly dis­tress­ing.

One was in East Kil­bride, three were in Hamil­ton and four in the Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang area.

South La­nark­shire park­ing at­ten­dants have been wear­ing CCTV cam­eras since 2012 as a de­ter­rent to at­tacks, but not only are as­saults con­tin­u­ing, they are be­com­ing more se­vere.

Coun­cil­lor John An­der­son, chair of com­mu­nity and en­ter­prise re­sources, said:“Park­ing at­ten­dants are merely en­forc­ing leg­is­la­tion that is set up to en­sure that mo­torists do not park in a way that dis­ad­van­tages or is un­fair to other driv­ers or pedes­tri­ans, so al­though ver­bal abuse – in­clud­ing scream­ing in the faces of peo­ple – is fairly long­stand­ing, it is still com­pletely un­ac­cept­able and would not be tol­er­ated by peo­ple in any other line of work.

“What is even more wor­ry­ing now, is that phys­i­cal as­saults are be­com­ing more com­mon.

“When park­ing at­ten­dants are be­ing placed in sit­u­a­tions where they are at risk of in­jury or their lives are threat­ened, we have reached a sick­en­ing level.

“The num­bers are ir­rel­e­vant – even one in­ci­dent of this type is one too many and it is some­thing that is com­pletely un­ac­cept­able.

“We re­fer all such in­ci­dents to Po­lice Scot­land and I would ap­peal to any­one who does wit­ness as­saults against our staff to step for­ward and help us get the ev­i­dence needed to stop this type of in­ci­dent from oc­cur­ring again.”

An­gry Coun­cil­lor An­der­son has asked for pub­lic’s help

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