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Parents warned on school parking

PCSOs Chris Asante-Ampaduh and Liam Farrow with junior road safety officers Martha McKeown, Chardonnay Marsh-Lewis, Keval Popat and Josh Beck

PCSOs Chris Asante-Ampaduh and Liam Farrow with junior road safety officers Martha McKeown, Chardonnay Marsh-Lewis, Keval Popat and Josh Beck

Police and junior road safety officers handed out warnings to parents caught parking irresponsibly near a Wellingborough school.

Year five pupils at Freeman’s Endowed CE Junior School have been working alongside officers from Wellingborough Police Station in a bid to prevent parents parking poorly on Westfield Road and Brickhill Road during peak school drop-off and pick-up times.

Teaching assistant Sarah Cox said: “We asked the police to get involved because parents were parking in an irresponsible way.”

PCSO Chris Asante-Ampaduh said: “We are trying to make it as safe as possible. Anyone who is dropping their children off at school should know that we are taking a zero tolerance approach to irresponsible parking.”

Junior road safety officer Chardinnay Marsh-Lewis, 10, said: “I like hearing what the police say to the parents because it’s interesting, and we are learning.”

Mum-of-three Jackie Marriner, 28, who has a child at the school, said: “It’s all gone to pot since they took the lollipop lady away. If anyone parked irresponsibly she would make them move.”

The Evening Telegraph regularly highlights issues of parents driving and park safely near schools as part of our Park Safe Be Safe campaign.

Inspector Nick Lyall, Wellingborough sector commander, said: “If you don’t have to use a car don’t, but if you do have to use a car be considerate and make sure emergency vehicles have space to get through. I would ask parents to think how they would feel if it was their car blocking a fire engine from getting to the scene of a fire.”

 

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