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Angry resident leaves note slamming police car parking as officer assaulted dealing with Lymington attack

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AN angry resident left a note on a police car criticising an officer’s parking as he was attacked while responding to an assault in Lymington.

Saturday night’s incident, which – as reported by the A&T – resulted in two arrests and one person charged following an attack on pub staff, prompted an inspector to plead for patience and understanding from locals.

An officer parked his vehicle in a small side street off Bridge Road while answering the callout to a disturbance at the Kings Arms pub in St Thomas Street.

The note left on the patrol car windscreen (photo: Hampshire police)
The note left on the patrol car windscreen (photo: Hampshire police)

A staff member had been assaulted, leaving him with minor injuries to his face and hands, before two suspects fled officers at the scene.

The pair – believed to have broken away from a larger group – were then found and pursued on foot by the officer who had parked off Bridge Road.

But he was assaulted while attempting to detain them before they were eventually arrested with help from nearby response officers and a dog unit.

Having escaped injury, he returned to his patrol car to find the complaint scribbled on a piece of kitchen towel placed on the windscreen.

The note said: “Seriously? What’s with the parking guys? Ask yourselves!”

Responding to this, Darren Ord, New Forest west sector inspector, stressed the officer’s parking was so he could respond quickly to the situation.

The Kings Arms pub in Lymington (picture: Google)
The Kings Arms pub in Lymington (picture: Google)

“Whilst we appreciate that it may be frustrating for residents to see a marked police vehicle parked in a small side street or in an inconvenient place from time to time, on this occasion a lone officer was seeking to apprehend two men who were believed to be involved in a reported assault,” he explained.

“The officer acted promptly and swiftly in order to do so – which meant that they had to park their patrol vehicle in a small road just off of Bridge Road – before detaining and arresting the two individuals.

“Unfortunately, at times during the duty of a police officer, this action is required – and we would hope that local residents would understand the reasons as to why and that officers don’t always have time to explain their rationale.”

Facebook users took to the comments on a police post about the incident to condemn the resident’s actions and express their support for the officer.

“How ridiculous,” one wrote.

“What are you expected to do? Let the guys run on whilst you search for a suitable place to park! Idiots.”

This incident came after police fined a disgruntled motorist who blocked in an ambulance as paramedics responded to a medical emergency in a Totton street last Monday.

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