Officers from West Midlands Police have shared their frustration after a resident threatened to clamp their police car for parking in a residents bay, despite the fact that the officers had been called to an emergency.
Response team officers had been sent to a residential address after a 94-year-old victim called 999 having been the victim of a distraction burglary.
A distraction burglary is committed when someone tricks their way into a victim’s property before stealing their personal belongings.
Distraction burglars often target the vulnerable and the elderly and the police will treat such calls with the urgency which they deserve.
When officers arrived at the victims address, the suspect was leaving the property and was arrested by officers.
The quick reaction time of the responding officers meant that the suspect was able to be detained before leaving the victims address.
However, not everyone living in the area was particularly appreciative of the fact that the police had just collared what many people believe to be the lowest of the low when it comes to criminals.
After officers had finished their initial investigation, including spending time with the 94-year-old giving the victim some much-needed reassurance, they returned to their response vehicle only to find that someone took exception to the fact that the police had parked in a private bay as they raced to detain the suspect and assist the elderly victim.
A tweet shared on the @ResponseWMP Twitter page said:
“Solihull, B Unit attended reports of a distraction burglary in progress in Shirley.
“As officers arrived, the offender opened the door of the address and was swiftly arrested.
‘We then spent some time completing an investigation and safeguarding the 94-year-old victim.
“This meant that we had to park our car in a parking space. It was parked professionally and considerately.
“Unfortunately, not all members of the public appreciate the good work we do.
“When at incidents, we do have to park our car. Wherever we are we are always there for a reason”.
However, what the would-be clamper does not realise, is that they could end up on the wrong side of the law for ‘obstructing a police constable in the execution of their duty’ should they decide to disable a police car by fitting a clamp to it…
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