Witnesses screamed as traffic warden took 'massive beating' in Woodford Green

Witnesses have described their horror as the warden was attacked

Witnesses have described their horror as the warden was attacked

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A traffic warden was kicked in the head in and nearly run over because he tried to issue a parking ticket.

The victim and a colleague were patrolling in The Broadway, Woodford Green, at 3pm yesterday and were about to issue a ticket which led to an argument with two men sitting in a car.

Witnesses said the white-middle-aged passenger then jumped out of the car punching the warden in the face and pushing him by the throat against a shop window. 

The driver joined in the mêlée kicking the warden in the back of the legs, knocking him to the floor.

The driver proceeded to kick the warden on the floor, causing head injuries in what was described by a witness as a "massive beating".

The attack happened by Woodford Tube station in front of children and "screaming" witnesses before a bystander Sean Fucile intervened, dragging the attacker off the warden.

It is alleged the middle-aged driver attempted to reverse his car over the warden, who managed to roll out of the way, before speeding off pursued by the police.

The injured warden managed to take down the licence plate of the attacker.

Witnesses told the Guardian of their shock at the incident.

Mr Fucile, 26, was described as a "hero" by his employer, Martin O'Shea.

He Fucile said: “In that situation you do not want to see someone getting their head stamped in, especially in front of screaming ladies and kids.

"I just didn’t think and I stupidly got involved.”

Alison Gallop, manager of Cooks, said: “It was shocking. The wardens did everything they could to protect themselves and didn’t fight back whilst the men viciously assaulted them.”

Martin O’Shea is manager of the electronics shop where the incident took place outisde.

He said: “Something like this has been building up for a long time. Parking is a really divisive issue and you just don’t know what some people are capable of.”

Mary O’Shea, of Repton Park, said: “You can’t blame the wardens it is their job. I think it is the targets they have to reach that cause them to act predatory. That is what rubs people the wrong way.”

Mohammed Hajinur, 53, of Broadmead Road, said: “Parking does make people go crazy here. You only have a couple of hours when you can park and everyone’s fighting over it.”

“But the warden was just doing his job, it should never get to that stage.”

Police said the warden rejected the use of an ambulance, recieving medical attention at the scene.

No arrests have been made.

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8:26am Thu 21 Aug 14

Alibeth says...

While there is absolutely no excuse for this, or any, kind of violence, I know the area they were patrolling very well, and there is an ongoing problem with parking restrictions. The parking restrictions in the roads leading from the station mean you cannot park between 2 - 3pm. It's very frustrating when wardens appear on a regular basis with, which seems like, the sole intention of issuing as many tickets as possible. I'm not saying this was anything to do with what happened yesterday, but when there is an underlying frustration, and motorists are so often treated like the enemy, resentment builds up, and sometimes there's a "last straw" situation.
I've had a ticket there myself, a few years ago, which I disputed at the time, and I do feel that the wardens are over zealous in Redbridge in general. People want to shop in local shops and thanks to Redbridge Council, local shops are closing because people can't park anywhere. Admittedly, it's better near Woodford Station than, for instance, the High Road near The Harvester, where the baker's has had to close and other businesses aren't doing so well.
Sorry to distract from a shocking and totally uncalled for attack on somebody doing their job, but I think it needs to be pointed out that when motorists are constantly used as a cash cow for Local Authorities the underlying frustration sometimes spills over. Redbridge needs to take some responsibility for what happened to their own warden, possibly partly due to their money pinching ways. I hope they look after him properly through his recovery.
While there is absolutely no excuse for this, or any, kind of violence, I know the area they were patrolling very well, and there is an ongoing problem with parking restrictions. The parking restrictions in the roads leading from the station mean you cannot park between 2 - 3pm. It's very frustrating when wardens appear on a regular basis with, which seems like, the sole intention of issuing as many tickets as possible. I'm not saying this was anything to do with what happened yesterday, but when there is an underlying frustration, and motorists are so often treated like the enemy, resentment builds up, and sometimes there's a "last straw" situation. I've had a ticket there myself, a few years ago, which I disputed at the time, and I do feel that the wardens are over zealous in Redbridge in general. People want to shop in local shops and thanks to Redbridge Council, local shops are closing because people can't park anywhere. Admittedly, it's better near Woodford Station than, for instance, the High Road near The Harvester, where the baker's has had to close and other businesses aren't doing so well. Sorry to distract from a shocking and totally uncalled for attack on somebody doing their job, but I think it needs to be pointed out that when motorists are constantly used as a cash cow for Local Authorities the underlying frustration sometimes spills over. Redbridge needs to take some responsibility for what happened to their own warden, possibly partly due to their money pinching ways. I hope they look after him properly through his recovery. Alibeth
  • Score: 8

10:08am Thu 21 Aug 14

John J C Moss says...

I saw the aftermath of this as I left the station about ten minutes later. From where the warden was lying it appears the vehicle they were ticketing must have been parked in the entrance road to the station car park. Parking has never been allowed there and there is plenty of space for people who are dropping off or just going to the cashpoint to wait in there or the on-street parking bays.

It looks like this particular driver and passenger were too lazy to drive another 50 yards, which is a decision they will regret ss they are now likely to face a criminal conviction and possibly even time in jail - which I sincerely hope they do!
I saw the aftermath of this as I left the station about ten minutes later. From where the warden was lying it appears the vehicle they were ticketing must have been parked in the entrance road to the station car park. Parking has never been allowed there and there is plenty of space for people who are dropping off or just going to the cashpoint to wait in there or the on-street parking bays. It looks like this particular driver and passenger were too lazy to drive another 50 yards, which is a decision they will regret ss they are now likely to face a criminal conviction and possibly even time in jail - which I sincerely hope they do! John J C Moss
  • Score: 17

10:45am Thu 21 Aug 14

StanE11 says...

Motorists have an almost free reign in LBWF. There aren't enough wardens to counter stupid anti-social parking, selfish drivers know they can get away with it. Same with speeding, using a mobile at the wheel and driving uninsured, drivers get away with cheating the public and avoiding any penalty. Drivers are spoiled, cosseted free-loading scum who do anything to avoid paying their dues.

These two cretins should be charged with Attempted Murder and put away for a long time.
Motorists have an almost free reign in LBWF. There aren't enough wardens to counter stupid anti-social parking, selfish drivers know they can get away with it. Same with speeding, using a mobile at the wheel and driving uninsured, drivers get away with cheating the public and avoiding any penalty. Drivers are spoiled, cosseted free-loading scum who do anything to avoid paying their dues. These two cretins should be charged with Attempted Murder and put away for a long time. StanE11
  • Score: 5

11:10am Thu 21 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

StanE11 wrote:
Motorists have an almost free reign in LBWF. There aren't enough wardens to counter stupid anti-social parking, selfish drivers know they can get away with it. Same with speeding, using a mobile at the wheel and driving uninsured, drivers get away with cheating the public and avoiding any penalty. Drivers are spoiled, cosseted free-loading scum who do anything to avoid paying their dues.

These two cretins should be charged with Attempted Murder and put away for a long time.
Yes and not a policeman in sight.
[quote][p][bold]StanE11[/bold] wrote: Motorists have an almost free reign in LBWF. There aren't enough wardens to counter stupid anti-social parking, selfish drivers know they can get away with it. Same with speeding, using a mobile at the wheel and driving uninsured, drivers get away with cheating the public and avoiding any penalty. Drivers are spoiled, cosseted free-loading scum who do anything to avoid paying their dues. These two cretins should be charged with Attempted Murder and put away for a long time.[/p][/quote]Yes and not a policeman in sight. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -18

12:09pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Concerned_Citizen says...

This sounds like attempted murder if the guy tried to reverse over the warden.
This sounds like attempted murder if the guy tried to reverse over the warden. Concerned_Citizen
  • Score: 14

2:32pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Paul Skinner says...

Alibeth wrote:
While there is absolutely no excuse for this, or any, kind of violence, I know the area they were patrolling very well, and there is an ongoing problem with parking restrictions. The parking restrictions in the roads leading from the station mean you cannot park between 2 - 3pm. It's very frustrating when wardens appear on a regular basis with, which seems like, the sole intention of issuing as many tickets as possible. I'm not saying this was anything to do with what happened yesterday, but when there is an underlying frustration, and motorists are so often treated like the enemy, resentment builds up, and sometimes there's a "last straw" situation.
I've had a ticket there myself, a few years ago, which I disputed at the time, and I do feel that the wardens are over zealous in Redbridge in general. People want to shop in local shops and thanks to Redbridge Council, local shops are closing because people can't park anywhere. Admittedly, it's better near Woodford Station than, for instance, the High Road near The Harvester, where the baker's has had to close and other businesses aren't doing so well.
Sorry to distract from a shocking and totally uncalled for attack on somebody doing their job, but I think it needs to be pointed out that when motorists are constantly used as a cash cow for Local Authorities the underlying frustration sometimes spills over. Redbridge needs to take some responsibility for what happened to their own warden, possibly partly due to their money pinching ways. I hope they look after him properly through his recovery.
You can't park somewhere for one single hour a day, and you're moaning about the possibility of getting a ticket when you had the choice of parking there at any other time of day?

You do realise that if there were no parking restrictions during 9-5 there would also be no parking spaces at all as they'd be taken up by commuters, right?

A single hour parking restriction is far better than CPZs, as at least it still allows 'tourists' and passing trade during the the remaining 7 hours of a working day that aren't restricted.

If the wardens don't ticket during that one single hour, then why would anyone obey the signs if they know they're not going to get ticketed.

Stop ignoring rules and you won't get a ticket. If you obey the rules and do still get a ticket, then by all means moan, but that's clearly not the case here.
[quote][p][bold]Alibeth[/bold] wrote: While there is absolutely no excuse for this, or any, kind of violence, I know the area they were patrolling very well, and there is an ongoing problem with parking restrictions. The parking restrictions in the roads leading from the station mean you cannot park between 2 - 3pm. It's very frustrating when wardens appear on a regular basis with, which seems like, the sole intention of issuing as many tickets as possible. I'm not saying this was anything to do with what happened yesterday, but when there is an underlying frustration, and motorists are so often treated like the enemy, resentment builds up, and sometimes there's a "last straw" situation. I've had a ticket there myself, a few years ago, which I disputed at the time, and I do feel that the wardens are over zealous in Redbridge in general. People want to shop in local shops and thanks to Redbridge Council, local shops are closing because people can't park anywhere. Admittedly, it's better near Woodford Station than, for instance, the High Road near The Harvester, where the baker's has had to close and other businesses aren't doing so well. Sorry to distract from a shocking and totally uncalled for attack on somebody doing their job, but I think it needs to be pointed out that when motorists are constantly used as a cash cow for Local Authorities the underlying frustration sometimes spills over. Redbridge needs to take some responsibility for what happened to their own warden, possibly partly due to their money pinching ways. I hope they look after him properly through his recovery.[/p][/quote]You can't park somewhere for one single hour a day, and you're moaning about the possibility of getting a ticket when you had the choice of parking there at any other time of day? You do realise that if there were no parking restrictions during 9-5 there would also be no parking spaces at all as they'd be taken up by commuters, right? A single hour parking restriction is far better than CPZs, as at least it still allows 'tourists' and passing trade during the the remaining 7 hours of a working day that aren't restricted. If the wardens don't ticket during that one single hour, then why would anyone obey the signs if they know they're not going to get ticketed. Stop ignoring rules and you won't get a ticket. If you obey the rules and do still get a ticket, then by all means moan, but that's clearly not the case here. Paul Skinner
  • Score: 22

8:10pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

Paul Skinner wrote:
Alibeth wrote:
While there is absolutely no excuse for this, or any, kind of violence, I know the area they were patrolling very well, and there is an ongoing problem with parking restrictions. The parking restrictions in the roads leading from the station mean you cannot park between 2 - 3pm. It's very frustrating when wardens appear on a regular basis with, which seems like, the sole intention of issuing as many tickets as possible. I'm not saying this was anything to do with what happened yesterday, but when there is an underlying frustration, and motorists are so often treated like the enemy, resentment builds up, and sometimes there's a "last straw" situation.
I've had a ticket there myself, a few years ago, which I disputed at the time, and I do feel that the wardens are over zealous in Redbridge in general. People want to shop in local shops and thanks to Redbridge Council, local shops are closing because people can't park anywhere. Admittedly, it's better near Woodford Station than, for instance, the High Road near The Harvester, where the baker's has had to close and other businesses aren't doing so well.
Sorry to distract from a shocking and totally uncalled for attack on somebody doing their job, but I think it needs to be pointed out that when motorists are constantly used as a cash cow for Local Authorities the underlying frustration sometimes spills over. Redbridge needs to take some responsibility for what happened to their own warden, possibly partly due to their money pinching ways. I hope they look after him properly through his recovery.
You can't park somewhere for one single hour a day, and you're moaning about the possibility of getting a ticket when you had the choice of parking there at any other time of day?

You do realise that if there were no parking restrictions during 9-5 there would also be no parking spaces at all as they'd be taken up by commuters, right?

A single hour parking restriction is far better than CPZs, as at least it still allows 'tourists' and passing trade during the the remaining 7 hours of a working day that aren't restricted.

If the wardens don't ticket during that one single hour, then why would anyone obey the signs if they know they're not going to get ticketed.

Stop ignoring rules and you won't get a ticket. If you obey the rules and do still get a ticket, then by all means moan, but that's clearly not the case here.
There are enough car parks around or better still walk or cycle?

Once a ticket is issued there is a proper procedure to follow if one disputes the validity, this does not include attacking the public servant.
[quote][p][bold]Paul Skinner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alibeth[/bold] wrote: While there is absolutely no excuse for this, or any, kind of violence, I know the area they were patrolling very well, and there is an ongoing problem with parking restrictions. The parking restrictions in the roads leading from the station mean you cannot park between 2 - 3pm. It's very frustrating when wardens appear on a regular basis with, which seems like, the sole intention of issuing as many tickets as possible. I'm not saying this was anything to do with what happened yesterday, but when there is an underlying frustration, and motorists are so often treated like the enemy, resentment builds up, and sometimes there's a "last straw" situation. I've had a ticket there myself, a few years ago, which I disputed at the time, and I do feel that the wardens are over zealous in Redbridge in general. People want to shop in local shops and thanks to Redbridge Council, local shops are closing because people can't park anywhere. Admittedly, it's better near Woodford Station than, for instance, the High Road near The Harvester, where the baker's has had to close and other businesses aren't doing so well. Sorry to distract from a shocking and totally uncalled for attack on somebody doing their job, but I think it needs to be pointed out that when motorists are constantly used as a cash cow for Local Authorities the underlying frustration sometimes spills over. Redbridge needs to take some responsibility for what happened to their own warden, possibly partly due to their money pinching ways. I hope they look after him properly through his recovery.[/p][/quote]You can't park somewhere for one single hour a day, and you're moaning about the possibility of getting a ticket when you had the choice of parking there at any other time of day? You do realise that if there were no parking restrictions during 9-5 there would also be no parking spaces at all as they'd be taken up by commuters, right? A single hour parking restriction is far better than CPZs, as at least it still allows 'tourists' and passing trade during the the remaining 7 hours of a working day that aren't restricted. If the wardens don't ticket during that one single hour, then why would anyone obey the signs if they know they're not going to get ticketed. Stop ignoring rules and you won't get a ticket. If you obey the rules and do still get a ticket, then by all means moan, but that's clearly not the case here.[/p][/quote]There are enough car parks around or better still walk or cycle? Once a ticket is issued there is a proper procedure to follow if one disputes the validity, this does not include attacking the public servant. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 1

9:54pm Fri 22 Aug 14

fed up man says...

Some of these parking wardens deserve a good kicking!!!!!
Some of these parking wardens deserve a good kicking!!!!! fed up man
  • Score: -11

10:42pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

fed up man wrote:
Some of these parking wardens deserve a good kicking!!!!!
No they do not , nobody does and to incite such assaults is a crime.
[quote][p][bold]fed up man[/bold] wrote: Some of these parking wardens deserve a good kicking!!!!![/p][/quote]No they do not , nobody does and to incite such assaults is a crime. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 5

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