Police ask motorists to be ‘sensible’ when parking at beauty spots after 50 fines issued

Police are asking drivers to be ‘sensible’ when parking at Staffordshire’s beauty spots this weekend.

It comes after emergency service vehicles were left unable to pass cars double parked on roads through the Staffordshire Moorlands last weekend.

On Sunday (November 22) officers were forced to close Hulme Road outside The Roaches, near Leek, due to cars blocking the highway.

And more than 50 parking fines have been issued by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council in recent weeks.

Now officers are expecting beauty spots around the region to be busy again this weekend and do not want a repeat of last week.

PC Richard Bourne from the Staffordshire Moorlands Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “This is a gentle appeal for anyone looking to visit the Moorlands over the coming weeks.

“Even in light of the county moving to tier 3 regulations, we are still expecting it to be a busy time around our beauty spots.

“We just want people to be mindful about where they park their vehicles as over the past few weekends, there have been numerous incidents where emergency vehicles have been unable to get through when they needed to do so – including the Mountain Rescue Team.”

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