As North Yorkshire Police (NYP) are condoning Hambleton District Council (HDC) breaching legislation in banning overnight parking at Leeming Bar, I have registered two formal complaints.
As a consultee for the amended Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), Inspector Sarah Sanderson (pictured above) responded on behalf of NYP:
“My view is that a large amount of work has taken place between police and partners to reduce the problems as per described below. I am of the strong opinion that this PSPO must continue, it has achieved an aim and this needs to continue.”
Inspector Sanderson’s view condones breaching legislation:
- The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 – 65 – 1 which states “A public spaces protection order may not restrict the public right of way over a highway.”
- The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016 as the signage is not permitted. This is supported by the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 – 64 – 1 which states: “In this Act “traffic sign” means any object or device (whether fixed or portable) for conveying, to traffic on roads or any specified class of traffic, warnings, information, requirements, restrictions or prohibitions of any description“
- Remaining in vehicles is not anti-social behaviour. This is confirmed by both the Thames Valley Police and Metropolitan Police This is a misuse of legislation.
- Since drivers cannot drive their vehicles without remaining in them, no vehicles can be driven on the roads covered by the PSPO. This means residents living off Low Street; business owners on Leeming Bar Industrial Estate: caravaneers on Pembroke Caravan site and truckers at Coneygarth Truck Stop cannot drive their vehicles to any of these places between the hours of 19.00 and 07.00. HDC has unlawfully closed the roads.
Guilty Of Gross Misconduct
Given that Inspector Sarah Sanderson has previously been found guilty of gross misconduct in September 2016, NYP must now question her ability to continue to serve as a Police Officer, as the Inspector has already received a final written warning.
Please see Inspector Sarah Sanderson guilty of gross misconduct (click on the link to read)
I have registered two formal complaints.
- Complaint 1 – Against NYP Inspector Sarah Sanderson for condoning the breaching of legislation and bringing NYP into disrepute.
- Complaint 2 – Against NYP for permitting Inspector Sarah Sanderson to submit the NYP response without her having adequate legal training.