Police Blamed For Parking Ticket Prank

St Mary’s Police has been unfairly criticized after islanders mistakenly thought the officers had issued New Year’s Day parking tickets.

The penalty notices left on vehicle windscreens were, in fact, placed by an islander keen to get into his fancy dress role of a traffic warden.

The issue has only come to light following feedback to the Community Policing Survey, where a resident mentioned what they felt was a mean-spirited, ‘draconian’ approach by local officers.

Colin says he appreciates the humour in what happened and found it funny but it is a, “potentially harmful rumour that could erode trust in my not-so-heavy-handed approach to policing Scilly.”

He adds that he could take action against the prankster for littering but that would, “be more draconian and heavy handed than actually issuing tickets to cars.”

On a more positive note, the promotion of the community feedback form on Radio Scilly and ScillyToday has paid dividends.

There were 151 returns for the survey, which Colin says is approximately five times his expected return rate.

The Community Safety Partnership, which includes representation from the 999 services in Scilly, and the Council is convening today (Monday) when they will review the results and set priorities for the coming season.

Colin says some of the responses ‘pull no punches’ and some of the issues raised are likely be featured on this website and the radio station in the coming weeks.

He says he’ll ask the group whether he can share some of the comments, “where it is not likely to embarrass or identify the authors of some of the anonymous feedback.”