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Police patrols to increase after reports of parking problems around Markeaton Park

Posted on 25th July 2014

Police are urging drivers to park responsibly after officers were called to reports of blocked pavements around Markeaton Park.

In the last two days, several incidents have been reported where drivers have parked on pavements or obstructed traffic in Markeaton Lane because the car parks at the site have been full.

Pedestrians, some with young children, have then been forced to walk in the road because long stretches of pavement have been blocked.

It is an offence under the Town Police Clauses Act to obstruct a footway and police will be increasing patrols in the area to identify vehicles that are causing an obstruction.

Inspector Paul Cannon, who is in charge of policing in Derby, said: “I know many people want to enjoy Markeaton Park, especially now the schools have broken up and the weather is good.

“But safety has to come first and cars blocking pavements and forcing people into the road is just not acceptable.

“It also causes gridlock in the area because Markeaton Lane is narrow, and some vehicles can’t get through.

“It is an offence to block a pavement and to cause an obstruction, and ultimately it is dangerous so although we do not want to be in a position of considering prosecutions, we do want to remind people that if they are found committing either of those offences, they could face further action.

“We want to put a stop to it before a serious accident occurs and we are working closely with Derby City Council to put a range of short and longer term measures in place to resolve the problem.”

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