ORPINGTON: Cop car parks in disabled space

ORPINGTON: Cop car parks in disabled space

ORPINGTON: Cop car parks in disabled space

First published in News

AT FOUR in the morning there are lots of parking spaces available at the Tesco shop in Orpington.

But, as this picture shows, police officers in a patrol car still decided to use a disabled space when visiting the store’s security office.

The vehicle was snapped by a nightshift worker while on his break who says he saw one of the officers walking leisurely through the supermarket.

A Bromley police spokesman says the officers had been called to reports of vehicle tampering in Orpington High Street and were in the store to see if the CCTV showed anything useful.

He added: “Under normal circumstances police vehicles would not park in disabled parking spaces.

“There are, however, occasions when police officers need to park quickly and safely to attend an incident or to speak to someone.

“No offence was being committed, as the parking bay is on private property and not a public highway.”

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11:36am Mon 27 Sep 10

Excalibur says...

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
. Another idiotic and nonsensical story, a total waste of news space! Why are you giving time and space to these publicity seeking freaks, News Shopper?
So far we’ve had non-stories from a variety of weirdos about bugs in a lettuce, a child with a tiny scratch courtesy of a pigeon, a squirrel stuck in a drainpipe, people scared of foxes in their gardens, and now some freak who goes around car parks at night time photographing parked cars. In other words people who have no lives or just want some attention in their pathetic, empty lives. Tin foil hats on everyone!


Stop giving these attention seeking, publicity seeking idiots their 15 minutes. Get back to decent cutting edge journalism. The paper’s reputation is suffering – it’s turning into a sad joke.
STOP IT NEWSSHOPPER, NOW!
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz . Another idiotic and nonsensical story, a total waste of news space! Why are you giving time and space to these publicity seeking freaks, News Shopper? So far we’ve had non-stories from a variety of weirdos about bugs in a lettuce, a child with a tiny scratch courtesy of a pigeon, a squirrel stuck in a drainpipe, people scared of foxes in their gardens, and now some freak who goes around car parks at night time photographing parked cars. In other words people who have no lives or just want some attention in their pathetic, empty lives. Tin foil hats on everyone! Stop giving these attention seeking, publicity seeking idiots their 15 minutes. Get back to decent cutting edge journalism. The paper’s reputation is suffering – it’s turning into a sad joke. STOP IT NEWSSHOPPER, NOW! Excalibur
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11:45am Mon 27 Sep 10

Orp Boy says...

Tescos has about 20 disabled parking bays. So what if police on duty use one at 4 in the morning. What are the chances of twenty wheelchair bound persons decending on tescos at 4am and not having nowhere to park. Probably the same chance of twenty parent and toddler spaces being used at 4 in the morning.
Tescos has about 20 disabled parking bays. So what if police on duty use one at 4 in the morning. What are the chances of twenty wheelchair bound persons decending on tescos at 4am and not having nowhere to park. Probably the same chance of twenty parent and toddler spaces being used at 4 in the morning. Orp Boy
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11:50am Mon 27 Sep 10

Locked and Loaded says...

Could this be down to the loss of the NS's captain Excalibur. I read on a blog that Simon has left.
Best wishes Simon from me.
Could this be down to the loss of the NS's captain Excalibur. I read on a blog that Simon has left. Best wishes Simon from me. Locked and Loaded
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11:57am Mon 27 Sep 10

Laura Norder says...

I saw a fire engine parked in a disabled bay once as the firemen were rescuing some people from a burning flat. They obviously should have left them to burn to death on the off chance someone may have needed to use the bay! What sort of a pathetic loser is this person? I bet he/she would soon be whining if the emergency services were a second late if he/she ever needed them.
I saw a fire engine parked in a disabled bay once as the firemen were rescuing some people from a burning flat. They obviously should have left them to burn to death on the off chance someone may have needed to use the bay! What sort of a pathetic loser is this person? I bet he/she would soon be whining if the emergency services were a second late if he/she ever needed them. Laura Norder
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12:00pm Mon 27 Sep 10

Excalibur says...

What, the great Simon Bull has left? No wonder standards have taken a dive. He was a decent chap, good reporter and an honourable man. No wonder that Daily Star like reporting is now the norm around here.
What, the great Simon Bull has left? No wonder standards have taken a dive. He was a decent chap, good reporter and an honourable man. No wonder that Daily Star like reporting is now the norm around here. Excalibur
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12:28pm Mon 27 Sep 10

Locked and Loaded says...

I think so Excalibur, I read it on Lord Ps blog. Did he jump or was he pushed ? :)
I think so Excalibur, I read it on Lord Ps blog. Did he jump or was he pushed ? :) Locked and Loaded
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1:11pm Mon 27 Sep 10

Excalibur says...

i doubt that he was pushed, as the Newsshopper could hardly afford to lose a man of his talents. More like he jumped, after all there's only a limited number of times you can polish a t.u.r.d and make it semi-respectable. As we can see by the cr*p that's now passing as news on this website, he obviously made a hell of a distance!
i doubt that he was pushed, as the Newsshopper could hardly afford to lose a man of his talents. More like he jumped, after all there's only a limited number of times you can polish a t.u.r.d and make it semi-respectable. As we can see by the cr*p that's now passing as news on this website, he obviously made a hell of a distance! Excalibur
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1:12pm Mon 27 Sep 10

It's Me again ! says...

I'm sure that Simon is still around ;)

As for this story .......

BORING !!!
I'm sure that Simon is still around ;) As for this story ....... BORING !!! It's Me again !
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1:12pm Mon 27 Sep 10

Excalibur says...

..........or indeed difference!
..........or indeed difference! Excalibur
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1:26pm Mon 27 Sep 10

Big Will Johnson says...

Declining standards have become par for the course in this paper. Another story where the reporter’s too embarrassed to put their name to it. All these non-stories coupled with awarding a bigot the star letter for a homophobic diatribe sums up how far it has slipped recently. Obviously you can trace this decline in standards to when Simon Bull left.
Declining standards have become par for the course in this paper. Another story where the reporter’s too embarrassed to put their name to it. All these non-stories coupled with awarding a bigot the star letter for a homophobic diatribe sums up how far it has slipped recently. Obviously you can trace this decline in standards to when Simon Bull left. Big Will Johnson
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1:47pm Mon 27 Sep 10

Only_me!! says...

this just make the newsshopper sound desperate for a story!
this just make the newsshopper sound desperate for a story! Only_me!!
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2:24pm Mon 27 Sep 10

jca111 says...

I do get wound up by people parking in Disabled bays/On Pavements etc.

BUT it was 4am etc, and plenty of spaces, and they were there on official business.

So whilst the Police should learn, if just for a PR exercise, to park in the proper bays on non-emergencies, its hardly worth being in NS

The standards have definately fallen.
I do get wound up by people parking in Disabled bays/On Pavements etc. BUT it was 4am etc, and plenty of spaces, and they were there on official business. So whilst the Police should learn, if just for a PR exercise, to park in the proper bays on non-emergencies, its hardly worth being in NS The standards have definately fallen. jca111
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2:34pm Mon 27 Sep 10

Tom Next says...

Oh please, come on NS, no news is better than ridiculous news! This is just getting silly now. Please do some decent reporting.
Oh please, come on NS, no news is better than ridiculous news! This is just getting silly now. Please do some decent reporting. Tom Next
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2:55pm Mon 27 Sep 10

Tom Next says...

I think this would be bigger news:

A Bromley high street shop is believed to have been the scene of a major crime after a sharp eyed assistant noticed a fly was missing in the window. The shocked employee, who wished to remain anonymous, said “One minute it was there – buzzing around happily with its mates - and the next it was gone”. Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was seen decamping from the scene, armed with a fly swatter and a can of insect spray.
I think this would be bigger news: A Bromley high street shop is believed to have been the scene of a major crime after a sharp eyed assistant noticed a fly was missing in the window. The shocked employee, who wished to remain anonymous, said “One minute it was there – buzzing around happily with its mates - and the next it was gone”. Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was seen decamping from the scene, armed with a fly swatter and a can of insect spray. Tom Next
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3:15pm Mon 27 Sep 10

geoffrey204 says...

On a more serious note, "disabled bays" and "mother and baby bays" have no legal standing on private property, so anyone can park in them. "Disabled bays" on public roads are only enforceable if there is a pole with a sign adjacent to the bay. Those without legal signs are unenforceable, and merely a courtesy for a nearby disabled driver.
On a more serious note, "disabled bays" and "mother and baby bays" have no legal standing on private property, so anyone can park in them. "Disabled bays" on public roads are only enforceable if there is a pole with a sign adjacent to the bay. Those without legal signs are unenforceable, and merely a courtesy for a nearby disabled driver. geoffrey204
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3:36pm Mon 27 Sep 10

jennijen says...

re cop in disabled driver bay at Tesco-it's a question of respect. If other drivers see this happening they will think it's ok for anyone to use such spaces. I had to ask a policeman to move out of the last space in the disabled car park in Orpington as his sidekick had gone to the bank! He asked me 'Oh do you need it then?' I wouldn't be asking was my reply. He moved with a grumpy manner
re cop in disabled driver bay at Tesco-it's a question of respect. If other drivers see this happening they will think it's ok for anyone to use such spaces. I had to ask a policeman to move out of the last space in the disabled car park in Orpington as his sidekick had gone to the bank! He asked me 'Oh do you need it then?' I wouldn't be asking was my reply. He moved with a grumpy manner jennijen
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3:46pm Mon 27 Sep 10

StopTheSpin says...

Because of course that's an issue at 4 in the morning. Take a look around the car park - empty. I'd rather have an officer arrive at the scene of a crime quickly rather than spend time having to park somewhere where he won't upset any of life's persistant moaners.
Because of course that's an issue at 4 in the morning. Take a look around the car park - empty. I'd rather have an officer arrive at the scene of a crime quickly rather than spend time having to park somewhere where he won't upset any of life's persistant moaners. StopTheSpin
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3:51pm Mon 27 Sep 10

Orp Boy says...

jennijen wrote:
re cop in disabled driver bay at Tesco-it's a question of respect. If other drivers see this happening they will think it's ok for anyone to use such spaces. I had to ask a policeman to move out of the last space in the disabled car park in Orpington as his sidekick had gone to the bank! He asked me 'Oh do you need it then?' I wouldn't be asking was my reply. He moved with a grumpy manner
The question of respect is we should respect the fact it was 4 in the morning and they was on duty and there where 20 empty disabled bays next to the entrance. To be honest if I was poping to tescos at 4 in the morning i would park in the mother and toddler bit next to the entrance as i would assume anyone walking there toddler round a suppermarket at 4 in the morning has less respect than me for parking in one of the empty 20 bays
[quote][p][bold]jennijen[/bold] wrote: re cop in disabled driver bay at Tesco-it's a question of respect. If other drivers see this happening they will think it's ok for anyone to use such spaces. I had to ask a policeman to move out of the last space in the disabled car park in Orpington as his sidekick had gone to the bank! He asked me 'Oh do you need it then?' I wouldn't be asking was my reply. He moved with a grumpy manner[/p][/quote]The question of respect is we should respect the fact it was 4 in the morning and they was on duty and there where 20 empty disabled bays next to the entrance. To be honest if I was poping to tescos at 4 in the morning i would park in the mother and toddler bit next to the entrance as i would assume anyone walking there toddler round a suppermarket at 4 in the morning has less respect than me for parking in one of the empty 20 bays Orp Boy
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3:52pm Mon 27 Sep 10

Big Will Johnson says...

jennijen wrote:
re cop in disabled driver bay at Tesco-it's a question of respect. If other drivers see this happening they will think it's ok for anyone to use such spaces. I had to ask a policeman to move out of the last space in the disabled car park in Orpington as his sidekick had gone to the bank! He asked me 'Oh do you need it then?' I wouldn't be asking was my reply. He moved with a grumpy manner
I bet you then legged it into the shop faster than Linford Christie............
.....http://www.tele
graph.co.uk/motoring
/news/8010840/Blue-b
adge-abuse-is-out-of
-control.html
[quote][p][bold]jennijen[/bold] wrote: re cop in disabled driver bay at Tesco-it's a question of respect. If other drivers see this happening they will think it's ok for anyone to use such spaces. I had to ask a policeman to move out of the last space in the disabled car park in Orpington as his sidekick had gone to the bank! He asked me 'Oh do you need it then?' I wouldn't be asking was my reply. He moved with a grumpy manner[/p][/quote]I bet you then legged it into the shop faster than Linford Christie............ .....http://www.tele graph.co.uk/motoring /news/8010840/Blue-b adge-abuse-is-out-of -control.html Big Will Johnson
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6:55am Wed 29 Sep 10

HayesMum says...

...it's quite nice to live in a borough where 'mortal sins' like this are top news.
Like living in the country where the local news is all about a new cow someone has and other trivia.
...it's quite nice to live in a borough where 'mortal sins' like this are top news. Like living in the country where the local news is all about a new cow someone has and other trivia. HayesMum
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10:59am Wed 29 Sep 10

Gooner1976 says...

Very rare i agree with certain people on here but 100% on this one! Any of the vast amount of disabled drivers doing a 4am shop would have been disgusted having to park in one of the 200 other empty disabled bays! If you want to touch the subject, better looking at the people using the disabled bays! How many are actually disabled? 1 in 50? My particular favourite, when my wife used to take our children shopping when babies, blue badge holders(mainly old duffers) used to park in the mother and baby bays whilst there was a whole line of empty disabled bays opposite!
Very rare i agree with certain people on here but 100% on this one! Any of the vast amount of disabled drivers doing a 4am shop would have been disgusted having to park in one of the 200 other empty disabled bays! If you want to touch the subject, better looking at the people using the disabled bays! How many are actually disabled? 1 in 50? My particular favourite, when my wife used to take our children shopping when babies, blue badge holders(mainly old duffers) used to park in the mother and baby bays whilst there was a whole line of empty disabled bays opposite! Gooner1976
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12:49pm Wed 29 Sep 10

porkpie says...

Gooner1976 wrote:
Very rare i agree with certain people on here but 100% on this one! Any of the vast amount of disabled drivers doing a 4am shop would have been disgusted having to park in one of the 200 other empty disabled bays! If you want to touch the subject, better looking at the people using the disabled bays! How many are actually disabled? 1 in 50? My particular favourite, when my wife used to take our children shopping when babies, blue badge holders(mainly old duffers) used to park in the mother and baby bays whilst there was a whole line of empty disabled bays opposite!
Being disabled is not a life style choice, having kids is.
[quote][p][bold]Gooner1976[/bold] wrote: Very rare i agree with certain people on here but 100% on this one! Any of the vast amount of disabled drivers doing a 4am shop would have been disgusted having to park in one of the 200 other empty disabled bays! If you want to touch the subject, better looking at the people using the disabled bays! How many are actually disabled? 1 in 50? My particular favourite, when my wife used to take our children shopping when babies, blue badge holders(mainly old duffers) used to park in the mother and baby bays whilst there was a whole line of empty disabled bays opposite![/p][/quote]Being disabled is not a life style choice, having kids is. porkpie
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1:40pm Wed 29 Sep 10

Big Will Johnson says...

No, but taking the p*ss as 95% of blue badge holders do is.
No, but taking the p*ss as 95% of blue badge holders do is. Big Will Johnson
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3:24pm Wed 29 Sep 10

porkpie says...

Big Will Johnson wrote:
No, but taking the p*ss as 95% of blue badge holders do is.
Yeah at 4am !
[quote][p][bold]Big Will Johnson[/bold] wrote: No, but taking the p*ss as 95% of blue badge holders do is.[/p][/quote]Yeah at 4am ! porkpie
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3:28pm Wed 29 Sep 10

porkpie says...

Big Will Johnson wrote:
No, but taking the p*ss as 95% of blue badge holders do is.
Why are they taken the pee ? Maybe all the spaces were taken and that lifestyle space was the only one left. Were you there did you see it happen ? Can I ask were you got the number of 95 % did you conduct the survey ?
[quote][p][bold]Big Will Johnson[/bold] wrote: No, but taking the p*ss as 95% of blue badge holders do is.[/p][/quote]Why are they taken the pee ? Maybe all the spaces were taken and that lifestyle space was the only one left. Were you there did you see it happen ? Can I ask were you got the number of 95 % did you conduct the survey ? porkpie
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3:54pm Wed 29 Sep 10

Gooner1976 says...

porkpie wrote:
Gooner1976 wrote: Very rare i agree with certain people on here but 100% on this one! Any of the vast amount of disabled drivers doing a 4am shop would have been disgusted having to park in one of the 200 other empty disabled bays! If you want to touch the subject, better looking at the people using the disabled bays! How many are actually disabled? 1 in 50? My particular favourite, when my wife used to take our children shopping when babies, blue badge holders(mainly old duffers) used to park in the mother and baby bays whilst there was a whole line of empty disabled bays opposite!
Being disabled is not a life style choice, having kids is.
This really didn't deserve a response but seriously, what a Pillock you really are! Parking in the 1 Mother and Baby parking space instead of the 30 empty Disabled spaces! For retards like you i will explain, it isn't the walking a little further with 6 month old twins and a shopping trolley that is the problem. Getting them and the shopping into the car safely is another matter! As you are obviously of very low intelligence i will also make this very clear, the main point here is the vast majority of people who have blue badges don't need them! If you got out a little more rather than spending your days leaving silly comments, you may see this for yourself!!!!
[quote][p][bold]porkpie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gooner1976[/bold] wrote: Very rare i agree with certain people on here but 100% on this one! Any of the vast amount of disabled drivers doing a 4am shop would have been disgusted having to park in one of the 200 other empty disabled bays! If you want to touch the subject, better looking at the people using the disabled bays! How many are actually disabled? 1 in 50? My particular favourite, when my wife used to take our children shopping when babies, blue badge holders(mainly old duffers) used to park in the mother and baby bays whilst there was a whole line of empty disabled bays opposite![/p][/quote]Being disabled is not a life style choice, having kids is.[/p][/quote]This really didn't deserve a response but seriously, what a Pillock you really are! Parking in the 1 Mother and Baby parking space instead of the 30 empty Disabled spaces! For retards like you i will explain, it isn't the walking a little further with 6 month old twins and a shopping trolley that is the problem. Getting them and the shopping into the car safely is another matter! As you are obviously of very low intelligence i will also make this very clear, the main point here is the vast majority of people who have blue badges don't need them! If you got out a little more rather than spending your days leaving silly comments, you may see this for yourself!!!! Gooner1976
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4:10pm Wed 29 Sep 10

Gooner1976 says...

Sorry Porkpie lost the old temper a bit there! Shouldn't bite so easily!!!! I think the most important point here is, how does this make headline news? Then again judging by the amount of comments NS are not as silly as we think!!!!
Sorry Porkpie lost the old temper a bit there! Shouldn't bite so easily!!!! I think the most important point here is, how does this make headline news? Then again judging by the amount of comments NS are not as silly as we think!!!! Gooner1976
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3:14pm Fri 1 Oct 10

Unibod says...

geoffrey204 wrote:
On a more serious note, "disabled bays" and "mother and baby bays" have no legal standing on private property, so anyone can park in them. "Disabled bays" on public roads are only enforceable if there is a pole with a sign adjacent to the bay. Those without legal signs are unenforceable, and merely a courtesy for a nearby disabled driver.
This ^^. If there are many disabled spaces when I shop late at night, then yes I park in one. They can stick a fine on my car, but there is no law that requires me too pay!
[quote][p][bold]geoffrey204[/bold] wrote: On a more serious note, "disabled bays" and "mother and baby bays" have no legal standing on private property, so anyone can park in them. "Disabled bays" on public roads are only enforceable if there is a pole with a sign adjacent to the bay. Those without legal signs are unenforceable, and merely a courtesy for a nearby disabled driver.[/p][/quote]This ^^. If there are many disabled spaces when I shop late at night, then yes I park in one. They can stick a fine on my car, but there is no law that requires me too pay! Unibod
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