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Police officer fined for blocking bike lane

The officer blocked a Gloucester pavement and cycle lane with a mobile speed camera unit

A police officer has been fined for blocking a pavement and cycle lane with a mobile speed camera van.

The driver parked the Mercedes police van on Cheltenham Road, Gloucester, hoping to catch speeding motorists, and was snapped by the passenger of a passing car blocking the entire pavement and bike lane.

The Gloucester Citizen reports the driver received a fixed penalty fine for the parking, which apparently forced parents on the school run and cyclists into rush hour traffic.

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The Citizen discovered, through a Freedom of Information request, that the police officer who parked the van was given "management advice" by the Gloucestershire force.

Robert Vestey, from the Camera Enforcement Unit at Gloucestershire Constabulary, said: "We do not condone such actions and we hope that the fixed penalty notice and management advice shows that this has been taken seriously."

He said police officers are not exempt from road and parking rules and as such the officer was treated in the same way as a member of public.

The Gloucestershire Constabulary has 26 fixed site speed cameras and 23 red light jumping cameras across the county, and three mobile enforcement vehicles. Motorists caught speeding can be fined £60.

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