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Illegal school parking targeted on South Tyneside

Parents parking illegally outside schools on South Tyneside are to be targeted by "spy cars".

South Tyneside Council is commissioning van-mounted CCTV cameras to catch motorists flouting parking restrictions, or using bus lanes.

Offenders will initially be sent a warning letter, with any further breach leading to a fine.

The council will run a publicity campaign to warn parents before the vans come into use later in the year.

Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council, said: "There's a major problem outside schools at start and finish times where people illegally park.

"It does cause quite dangerous situations when children try to cross the road."

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