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Cleveland Police bikers park by no-parking cones in Hawes
TWO police motorcyclists have been photographed parked next to cones left by colleagues to keep a road clear of bikers.
The Cleveland Police officers have been criticised by community leaders in Hawes for adding to long-running problems of motorcyclists causing an obstruction in the Yorkshire Dales town.
The police bikers pulled up beside the no-waiting cones only hours after they had been left by local police on Tuesday.
When challenged by a business owner about their parking, the officers apparently said they were on “urgent, yet secret police business”.
However, witnesses said the two men spent about 45 minutes in a nearby cafe popular with motorcyclists.
Bikers blocking access to homes and businesses and walkers on the pavement near the Penny Garth Cafe are a continuing problem.
The no-waiting cones were left after John Blackie, the chairman of Hawes and High Abbotside Parish Council, raised the issue with Sergeant Stuart Grainger, from the local police.
Coun Blackie said: “What is the point of police no-parking cones when the police themselves take no notice of them, you might ask.”
Coun Blackie said the police motorbikes encouraged other motorcyclists to park in the area. He said: “We concluded that the urgent and secret business was none other than having a leisurely and hearty breakfast in the company of others from the motorbike fraternity.”
Cleveland Police said it was speaking with the officers to establish why it was necessary to park in that area.
A spokesman said: “From the information provided, the road markings appear to be keep-clear markings as outlined in the Department of Transport road traffic signs manual, which are not legally enforceable.”
Double yellow lines are due to be painted on the road outside the cafe to prevent bikes and cars parking in the area.
Signs will also be erected advising motorists not to park on the pavement.