Probe launched over police van illegally parked outside Greggs bakery

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POLICE bosses have launched an investigation after an officer was spotted parking on double-yellow lines – to apparently grab a snack.

The Pc was seen leaving his van to nip in to Greggs, in Union Street, Sunderland, during lunchtime.

Motorists and shoppers looked on as the vehicle was left on the pavement opposite the city’s train station and a busy taxi rank.

“These parking laws should apply to everybody,” said one city-centre driver.

“The police seem to be ignoring the restrictions they are meant to be enforcing.”

Sunderland Chief Superintendent Kay Blyth confirmed the force was investigating the allegation and maintained officers were “treated in exactly the same way as any member of the public” when it came to parking.

Motorists who park on double-yellow lines, which are enforced 24-hours-a-day, can be fined up to £70.

“We are currently looking into this situation,” she said.

“All staff in the area command are told that they must not park either illegally or inconsiderately and, if they do, they are treated in exactly the same way as any member of the public.

“However, it is sometimes necessary, for operational reasons, for police vehicles to park in otherwise restricted areas.

“If it is established that any officer was parked either illegally or inconsiderately, they will be dealt with appropriately.”