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 Tuesday, 21 January, 2003, 14:46 GMT
Wardens admit parking scam
Parked cars
Staff had parked on double yellow lines
A senior traffic warden and five other staff have been disciplined after admitting illegally parking in a city centre.

Avon and Somerset Police launched an investigation following complaints from a Bath resident.

A senior traffic warden, four wardens and a member of the support staff had parked on double yellow lines while on duty.

They were alleged to have left distinctive cards on their car dashboards with a coded message to fellow wardens.

Cases against five traffic wardens and member of support staff were proven and they have been disciplined appropriately

Chief Supt Rod Hansen
Following advice from the Crown Prosecution Service, no criminal proceedings were brought but the six staff admitted the offences at a disciplinary hearing.

One warden has subsequently resigned and the member of support staff has been transferred from the city.

Chief Superintendent Rod Hansen, who chaired the hearing, said: "A full and comprehensive investigation has been carried out.

"All the cases against the five traffic wardens and member of support staff were proven and they have been disciplined appropriately.

"All those involved have apologised profusely for their actions and expressed sincere regret, acknowledging that on this occasion they had let the public down."

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