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Traffic wardens leave fans blue

PUBLISHED: 12:18 11 February 2002 | UPDATED: 11:19 03 March 2010

WHILE grim-faced Blues fans licked their wounds at a 6-0 defeat, Ipswich traffic wardens were busy creating their own six zero scoreline.

As Ipswich Town wilted under the Liverpool onslaught, 60 parking tickets were issued to motorists parking along West End Road.

WHILE grim-faced Blues fans licked their wounds at a 6-0 defeat, Ipswich traffic wardens were busy creating their own six zero scoreline.

As Ipswich Town wilted under the Liverpool onslaught, 60 parking tickets were issued to motorists parking along West End Road.

Those parked illegally along the roadside, pavements and verges returned to their cars after the match to find the dreaded white tickets fluttering in the breeze.

Not only miserable at such a huge defeat, fans will now have to dig into their wallets to pay the fixed penalty fine of £30.

It is not the first time that town fans parking close to the Portman Road ground have suffered at the hands of the traffic wardens.

In January smiles of victory at the 2-1 defeat of Tottenham were soon wiped from fans faces when a team of traffic wardens slapped more than 100 tickets on the windscreens of illegally parked cars.

And the purge looks set to continue as both police and traffic wardens have warned that there will be no let up if people continue to park illegally.

Many fans park on pavements and grass verges as well as on double yellow lines either to escape paying parking charges or because there is nowhere left to park in designated areas.

But senior traffic warden Carol Grimsey has warned that it will not be tolerated and that the way people park their cars is a danger to others.

She said: "There are clear signs on West End Road stating no waiting and there are also double yellow lines on either side of the road.

"The Highway Code clearly states that where there are no waiting signs and/or double yellow lines, this means the carriageway, pavement and verges."

Ms Grimsey said that the problems was particularly concerning on match days because of the volume of cars parked and the volume of pedestrians walking around.

She said: "Cars are driving over the pavement and easing their way into the flow of traffic causing severe congestion and delays."

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