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Cambridge police abandon #badlyparkedbike to target poorly parked cars again

Climbdown comes after contributor threatened with arrest for trying to photograph police car parked in bike lane

Police in Cambridge have turned their attention from badly parked bikes to poorly parked cars, issuing 11 parking tickets in one street in a week -  after cyclists slammed the police’s Twitter campaign as being misdirected.

The #daftparking Twitter campaign comes after cyclists took to social media to shame drivers for parking their vehicles inconsiderately in the city following the police's #badlyparkedbikes campaign.

Five days ago’s Editor at Large was threatened with arrest after attempting to photograph a police car that was parked in a bike lane.

John Stevenson wrote: I continued to refuse to give him my details and carried on walking. The PCSO put his hands on me to try and stop me. I pointed out, probably quite loudly, that this was assault and he really needed to take his hands off me.

“He then asked me if I'd like him to call a PC who would arrest me under the Prevention of Terrorism Act for taking a photo of a government vehicle.

“Yep, that's right. Taking a photo of a police car parked badly in a public place is equivalent to planning to blow up a plane.”

A force spokesman said: "A complaint has been made in relation to this incident. As such, it would be inappropriate to pre-empt any future inquiries by commenting further at this time.”

Sergeant Ian Wood told Cambridge News: "In response to #badlyparkedbike we received a number of photos of seemingly poorly parked vehicles. #daftparking was then devised to facilitate the submission of these types of photos.

"Cambridge police started to use the #daftparking to highlight the issues around parking and to ask road users to park responsibility, and within the law, to help the city traffic flow and prevent accidents and congestion.

"Although the council have primacy for parking issues, the photos will be used to identify areas where parking is problematic, however this is not a substitute for calling 101."

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