Please permit me a final response on this subject following on from your excellent front page article (Observer, September 18) and resident Mr Colin Hill’s comments and efforts to remove this lorry.
May I submit the lorry is in fact parked on a public road not a car park and de facto subject to the full provisions of all applicable Road Traffic Law.
Which allows for its removal and destruction for failure to have necessary tax and insurance if this is the case.
This brings into sharp focus MrHill’s comment of regular police patrols passing the vehicle daily.
Have they ever checked the documents required by law?
Also what happened to Police Aware Stickers?
In the absence of evidence to the contrary, I suspect police failure to act and total contempt for local residents well being.
If this is correct these police patrols metaphorically speaking need a refresher course on current traffic law and interface with local residents.
Examination of the vehicle, even cursory, shows a registration plate marked RO/Romanian (not Italian) affixed on by plastic ties which may well be for a nefarious purpose ie, to gain entry to the UK – in line with Mr Hill’s logic.
I recommend local residents contact the police commissioner for Sussex one Katy Bourne who resides in over paid splendour at Lewes Police HQ and insist she undertakes her duty of holding a laissez-faire police service to account to relation to this subject.
Former Detective Chief Inspector
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