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A traffic warden has been slammed as a hypocrite after leaving his patrol vehicle parked on double yellow lines as he issued parking tickets to motorists.

The poorly parked car was spotted by a pedestrian in the Stokes Croft area of Bristol on Sunday. The car can be seen not only parked illegally, but also blocking the pavement, potentially forcing wheelchair users and those pushing buggies into the road.

Bristol local, Jay, spoke to The Mirror about confronting the warden: "As we were passing we noticed what was going on," he said.

"I asked the attendant why he was parked there and he just ignored me and carried on issuing the ticket to the poor owner of a blue Peugeot.

"I decided that this needed to be shown with proof rather than just making a claim, so I took a short video and some pictures and then carried on.

"I did not witness any other cars being ticketed but I'm convinced the council play by their own rules when preying on the general public."

Despite his flagrant flouting of parking regulations, Bristol City Council leapt to the defence of its hypocritical warden.

A council spokesman said: "Under part six of the Traffic Management Act, a civil enforcement officer can park on double yellow lines during the course of carrying out his or her duties," The Mirror reports.

"We recognise that by parking on the pavement the officer was causing a temporary obstruction to passers-by.

"However, the officer concerned stopped at the location to issue two Penalty Charge Notices for parking on a dropped kerb.

"We encourage all of our civil enforcement officers to avoid parking on the pavement wherever possible."

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