A FURIOUS driver has videoed a parking warden dishing out tickets to cars parked near a hospital – despite Britain being on coronavirus lockdown.
Outraged Kieran Tompsett had been in Lister Hospital in Stevenage, Herts, to see the birth of his daughter on Monday when he witnessed the man giving out tickets.
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Mr Tompsett filmed himself giving a parking warden a piece of his mind this week.
In the video, he asks the warden: “What are you doing working, giving out tickets in this current climate?
"Are you having a laugh mate?”
The man replies that he works for Stevenage Borough Council.
Mr Tompsett replies: “Behave, get yourself off home.
"You are taking the f***ing pi**. Mate, that is bang out of order. I've seen tickets down there. You should be at home."
The man replies: "I know, but it's the council", before Mr Tompsett replies: "F*** the council. F*** them.
"You shouldn't be putting tickets on people's cars in this climate."
He then posted the video on Facebook with the caption: "This is DISGUSTING!"
Stevenage Borough Council leader Sharon Taylor later announced that they had stopped giving people tickets parking outside the hospital.
She said: “We want to do all we can to help our NHS heroes at this difficult time for them so we will be removing the parking charges on Coreys Mill Lane for at least three months.
“If you are NOT an NHS key worker please think hard about whether you need the space more than they do, you may need them to save your life or one of your family."
In some areas, parking wardens are being taken off the streets during the Covid-19 crisis.
Although doctors, police, firefighters and utilities workers are classed as 'key workers', the case varies for the wardens, who are considered 'civil enforcement'.
However, members of the public are asked to consult their local authorities for more specific information about whether parking restrictions are in force in their areas.
'I'LL HAVE THE BATTLE FOR DOCS'
The footage emerged as Piers Morgan announced he'll pay off any parking fine handed out to NHS workers during the coronavirus crisis – and take the "battle" to Parliament.
Good Morning Britain host Piers offered to pay all fines during the lockdown amid a rant about hospitals requiring staff to pay for parking.
NHS staff, members of the public and celebrities have joined calls for the Government to waive car-parking fees for health workers during the crisis.
During an interview with Kirstie Allsop, who is currently isolating with her family at their second home in Devon, Piers said: "I will say now, to any health worker during the future of this crisis, however long it lasts, if any of you get a parking ticket at a hospital where you're working, I will pay it for you.
"I will pay it, and I will then go to the government and have the battle, you don't get involved.
"Send it here to Good Morning Britain and I will pay the parking ticket, if that's what it takes."
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It comes as…
- Fit Brits were last night urged to sign up to a 250,000-strong National Help Service
- The UK death toll jumped to 422 with fears half of Brits could already be infected with the bug
- Seven coronavirus cases have been tracked back to a single football match in England
- Brits have been urged to keep working to help save the economy – but bosses need to keep them safe
- Transport police have been deployed onto rail networks to enforce a ban on unnecessary travel
Meanwhile, London is facing a coronavirus outbreak even worse then Italy's epicentre as deaths in the capital double every two days.
Eighty-seven more deaths were recorded in just 24 hours across the UK, with 21 of the fatalities at one London hospital alone.
And heir to the throne Prince Charles today announced he's been diagnosed with the coronavirus. He says his symptoms are mild.
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