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Fall in tickets.

HARD-pressed police officers are turning a blind eye to rogue parking in a city centre.

Now council parking wardens will tackle offending motorists in Durham City if agreement can be reached with the Government.

Durham County Council wants to become responsible for enforcing other parking regulations, including yellow lines, loading bays and disabled parking as well as enforcing its own pay-and-display system.

The total number of fixed penalty notices handed out in Durham fell by more than 2,000 from 9,860 in 2003 to 5,543 in 2006.

A council report said the reason for the fall was "the focus of Durham Constabulary moving from traffic management to community policing."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 22, 2008
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