Beat officer pushes pram around Penwortham

On this occasion, no vehicles were found to be causing an obstruction.
On this occasion, no vehicles were found to be causing an obstruction.

Police took an unusual tool along with them on their beat following complaints of vehicles obstructing pavements in Penwortham.

On Sunday, September 17 a PCSO patrolled Leyland Road pushing a pram to check there was enough space to pass vehicles who had parked on the pavement.

The officer reported that on this occasion, no vehicles were found to be causing an obstruction.

A police spokesman said: "In response to several complaints regarding vehicles obstructing the pavement, PCSO Sarah was on the beat with a pram.

"No vehicles were found to be causing an obstruction.

"Please can we remind all road users that it is not acceptable to obstruct the pavement in such a way that pedestrians are left with no choice but to walk in the road.

"Sufficient room should always be left to allow wheelchair users and those with pushchairs to remain on the pavement."

Members of Penwortham's Town Council are now calling for drivers in the area to park more considerately.

Marie Dardis Clerk for the Town Council said: "We are asking people to think of more vulnerable members of our community and not park on verges or pavements.

"I think this is a problem that happens everywhere especially as more and more people take to the road.

"We have a close working relationship with our local Neighbourhood Policing Team and they have been very helpful in supporting people with this issue."

According to Section 99 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, vehicles causing an obstruction may be issued with a fixed penalty notice, or alternatively may be removed from the highway.