Ice cream stop lands police in double trouble

thisisoxfordshire: The police officer stops to get ice creams in Parks Road, Oxford The police officer stops to get ice creams in Parks Road, Oxford

A POLICE chief has criticised the “unacceptable” behaviour of officers for parking on double yellow lines to buy ice creams.

A female officer was spotted by an Oxford Mail photographer carrying two ice creams back to a police van parked in Oxford’s Parks Road on Saturday and opening the passenger side door.

The road is marked with double yellow lines, which prohibit police as well as ordinary drivers from parking there outside of official operations.

The officers were parked opposite Oxford University’s Department of Computer Science, next to Oxford University Parks.

Thames Valley Police’s Oxford local policing area commander Supt Christian Bunt yesterday said: “This is not the conduct that we expect from our officers.

“Parking on double yellow lines for anything other than operational purposes is unacceptable.

“The matter has been addressed internally by myself as the local policing area commander and will be dealt with via our internal disciplinary process.”

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9:09am Tue 24 Jun 14

EMBOX2 says...

Nonsense. Police are real people too, and real people occasionally park on double yellows to nip into a shop. How stupid.
Nonsense. Police are real people too, and real people occasionally park on double yellows to nip into a shop. How stupid. EMBOX2
  • Score: 23

9:14am Tue 24 Jun 14

GRB says...

Police are meant to set an example and abide by law
Police are meant to set an example and abide by law GRB
  • Score: 17

9:40am Tue 24 Jun 14

Myron Blatz says...

Totally within the Law, apparently. If the police vehicle was showing a disability badge, people showing disability are allowed to park for up to three hours on double-yellows, unless causing obstruction, according to Oxfordshire County Council. Possibly a more serious offence would have been if the driver of the police vehicle had been eating his or her ice cream, whilst driving. Also, I wonder if the police officer who went to buy said ice creams, was wearing jhis or her police hat, whislt outside the vehicle? Yet this isn't an uncommon thing - I understand that Oxford City Council employees can also park on double-yellows, when 'on call' without fear of prosecution.
Totally within the Law, apparently. If the police vehicle was showing a disability badge, people showing disability are allowed to park for up to three hours on double-yellows, unless causing obstruction, according to Oxfordshire County Council. Possibly a more serious offence would have been if the driver of the police vehicle had been eating his or her ice cream, whilst driving. Also, I wonder if the police officer who went to buy said ice creams, was wearing jhis or her police hat, whislt outside the vehicle? Yet this isn't an uncommon thing - I understand that Oxford City Council employees can also park on double-yellows, when 'on call' without fear of prosecution. Myron Blatz
  • Score: -21

9:54am Tue 24 Jun 14

bart-on simpson says...

Get CID to investigate why no flake, raspberry sauce or sprinkles on the ice creams! LOL
Get CID to investigate why no flake, raspberry sauce or sprinkles on the ice creams! LOL bart-on simpson
  • Score: 48

9:59am Tue 24 Jun 14

Quentin Walker says...

I think a little discretion is called for here. How long were they parked there? Did they leave immediately? Did the driver have possession of an ice cream whilst driving off?

If the answers to these questions are reasonable, then I can"t see a problem. I'm sure most people would do the same.

Live and let live, the police are human, too.
I think a little discretion is called for here. How long were they parked there? Did they leave immediately? Did the driver have possession of an ice cream whilst driving off? If the answers to these questions are reasonable, then I can"t see a problem. I'm sure most people would do the same. Live and let live, the police are human, too. Quentin Walker
  • Score: 26

10:00am Tue 24 Jun 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

"Parking on double yellow lines for anything other than operational purposes is unacceptable."......
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..........In my opinion this was an operational purpose, it was hot, they wanted to cool down to ensure they could perform their job properly, and they probably parked on double yellow lines so they could get away quickly if called upon.........give them a break, all that gear they have to wear weighs a hell of a lot...
"Parking on double yellow lines for anything other than operational purposes is unacceptable."...... ... ..........In my opinion this was an operational purpose, it was hot, they wanted to cool down to ensure they could perform their job properly, and they probably parked on double yellow lines so they could get away quickly if called upon.........give them a break, all that gear they have to wear weighs a hell of a lot... Dilligaf2010
  • Score: 29

10:07am Tue 24 Jun 14

Adrian1 says...

I always thought there was a 2 minute load / offload on double yellows rule to allow passengers etc. to alight. I've used it before with a traffic warden when dropping off a disabled passenger in town, they didn't say there's no such rule, or issue a ticket, 'cos they're human too! (honest).
I always thought there was a 2 minute load / offload on double yellows rule to allow passengers etc. to alight. I've used it before with a traffic warden when dropping off a disabled passenger in town, they didn't say there's no such rule, or issue a ticket, 'cos they're human too! (honest). Adrian1
  • Score: 4

11:55am Tue 24 Jun 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

Reminds me of the old popping on the Blues and two's to get through a traffic queue and then immediately switching them off again after they have done so routine..
Reminds me of the old popping on the Blues and two's to get through a traffic queue and then immediately switching them off again after they have done so routine.. yabbadabbadoo256
  • Score: -6

1:33pm Tue 24 Jun 14

julesh says...

Oxford mail you need to grow up !!! give them a break and to report them is totally pathetic !! I thought we were meant to help the police but of course the papers only like scandal !
Oxford mail you need to grow up !!! give them a break and to report them is totally pathetic !! I thought we were meant to help the police but of course the papers only like scandal ! julesh
  • Score: 29

2:35pm Tue 24 Jun 14

OxfordLad30 says...

Dilligaf2010 wrote:
"Parking on double yellow lines for anything other than operational purposes is unacceptable."......

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..........In my opinion this was an operational purpose, it was hot, they wanted to cool down to ensure they could perform their job properly, and they probably parked on double yellow lines so they could get away quickly if called upon.........give them a break, all that gear they have to wear weighs a hell of a lot...
I couldn't agree more - there is a HUGE difference between leaving a vehicle unattended in a dangerous/obstructiv
e position, and stopping on a double yellow which is only there to keep the traffic flowing, with the driver still in the vehicle and unable to move it immediately if it is causing a problem.

On-duty Police officers can't park legally to get an ice cream on a scorching hot day AND respond quickly in the event of an emergency call, especially in Oxford of all places where the nearest legal car parking is probably at least 1000yds away and most likely FULL?!

And on a roasting hot day why shouldn't somebody be allowed an ice cream, just because they're an emergency service worker... bearing in mind this means the ice cream they just bought might go to waste anyway when they suddenly get a shout.

If the OM are that worried about parking violations, why isn't their photographer going around catching all the people who do park in dangerous places, leaving vehicles unattended and on zig-zags etc... which seems to happen with impunity? The only reason is even though there is much worse going on than what these Police officers were doing, it doesn't make a story.

Cheap journalism on a slow news day in my opinion, which has resulted in some hard working emergency service workers being disciplined for feeling the heat under their stab vest on a hot day!!
[quote][p][bold]Dilligaf2010[/bold] wrote: "Parking on double yellow lines for anything other than operational purposes is unacceptable."...... ... ..........In my opinion this was an operational purpose, it was hot, they wanted to cool down to ensure they could perform their job properly, and they probably parked on double yellow lines so they could get away quickly if called upon.........give them a break, all that gear they have to wear weighs a hell of a lot...[/p][/quote]I couldn't agree more - there is a HUGE difference between leaving a vehicle unattended in a dangerous/obstructiv e position, and stopping on a double yellow which is only there to keep the traffic flowing, with the driver still in the vehicle and unable to move it immediately if it is causing a problem. On-duty Police officers can't park legally to get an ice cream on a scorching hot day AND respond quickly in the event of an emergency call, especially in Oxford of all places where the nearest legal car parking is probably at least 1000yds away and most likely FULL?! And on a roasting hot day why shouldn't somebody be allowed an ice cream, just because they're an emergency service worker... bearing in mind this means the ice cream they just bought might go to waste anyway when they suddenly get a shout. If the OM are that worried about parking violations, why isn't their photographer going around catching all the people who do park in dangerous places, leaving vehicles unattended and on zig-zags etc... which seems to happen with impunity? The only reason is even though there is much worse going on than what these Police officers were doing, it doesn't make a story. Cheap journalism on a slow news day in my opinion, which has resulted in some hard working emergency service workers being disciplined for feeling the heat under their stab vest on a hot day!! OxfordLad30
  • Score: 28

2:43pm Tue 24 Jun 14

OxfordLad30 says...

yabbadabbadoo256 wrote:
Reminds me of the old popping on the Blues and two's to get through a traffic queue and then immediately switching them off again after they have done so routine..
You have no idea whatsoever what they were actually doing. Have you not considered that emergency vehicles may get "stood down" on the way to a call?

I was sat in heavy traffic which barely moved for 30 minutes the other day with a Police traffic unit behind me, enduring the same delay... it would have been perfectly acceptable (and legal) for them to use their blue lights to skip the traffic, either to check whether the congestion was caused by an incident that required their attention, or to get back to the area they need to be covering, to allow them to respond to a 999 call in a timely fashion should it occur.

I'm quite sure given the consequences they would face if they WERE making unauthorised use of their blue lights and had an accident that you will NOT see them doing this. How about you just leave them to get on with their job and not question why they're doing someting you don't understand - as I'm sure you wouldn't question them if they turned up quickly in your hour of need?!
[quote][p][bold]yabbadabbadoo256[/bold] wrote: Reminds me of the old popping on the Blues and two's to get through a traffic queue and then immediately switching them off again after they have done so routine..[/p][/quote]You have no idea whatsoever what they were actually doing. Have you not considered that emergency vehicles may get "stood down" on the way to a call? I was sat in heavy traffic which barely moved for 30 minutes the other day with a Police traffic unit behind me, enduring the same delay... it would have been perfectly acceptable (and legal) for them to use their blue lights to skip the traffic, either to check whether the congestion was caused by an incident that required their attention, or to get back to the area they need to be covering, to allow them to respond to a 999 call in a timely fashion should it occur. I'm quite sure given the consequences they would face if they WERE making unauthorised use of their blue lights and had an accident that you will NOT see them doing this. How about you just leave them to get on with their job and not question why they're doing someting you don't understand - as I'm sure you wouldn't question them if they turned up quickly in your hour of need?! OxfordLad30
  • Score: 14

6:23pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Redbulls says...

do you want a flake in that love ?
do you want a flake in that love ? Redbulls
  • Score: -6

1:34am Wed 25 Jun 14

Neonlights says...

Is that a Magnum in your pocket, or are you just pleased to see me.
Is that a Magnum in your pocket, or are you just pleased to see me. Neonlights
  • Score: -8

7:42am Wed 25 Jun 14

gel says...

if you want to see the unredacted photo see:

http://www.express.c
o.uk/news/uk/484564/
Police-officers-stop
-on-double-yellow-li
nes-to-buy-ice-cream
if you want to see the unredacted photo see: http://www.express.c o.uk/news/uk/484564/ Police-officers-stop -on-double-yellow-li nes-to-buy-ice-cream gel
  • Score: -1

9:07am Wed 25 Jun 14

bart-on simpson says...

Thanks to the above webpage, there were flakes in their 99s!


Call off the Crimewatch reconstruction!
Thanks to the above webpage, there were flakes in their 99s! Call off the Crimewatch reconstruction! bart-on simpson
  • Score: 0

12:28pm Wed 25 Jun 14

paddy173 says...

It was obviously a slow day for the photograpers at the Oxford mail, I wonder how close they will be allowed to park at the next cordoned off area.
It was obviously a slow day for the photograpers at the Oxford mail, I wonder how close they will be allowed to park at the next cordoned off area. paddy173
  • Score: -4

1:11pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Neonlights says...

Wonder if they'll cone off the area?
Wonder if they'll cone off the area? Neonlights
  • Score: 4

4:50pm Wed 25 Jun 14

wend says...

I think a life needs to be got by somebody.
I think a life needs to be got by somebody. wend
  • Score: 2

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