Police act against drivers blocking ambulance access to Mildenhall nursing home

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Lazy drivers are threatening lives by blocking ambulance access to a town centre nursing home.

Police are warning drivers that they are stepping up enforcement against illegal parking in the access road to Mabbs Hall Nursing Home in Mildenhall by drivers too lazy to walk from the town’s free carparks.

Sgt Jason Francis of Mildenhall Safer Neighbourhood Team said there had long been parking issues outside the High Street home, next to Lloyds Bank.

He said: “There have been instances where ambulances needing access to or from Mabbs Hall have been unable to get past as vehicles have been parked in front of the barrier.

“In addition local businesses have had their designated parking bays obstructed and have suffered abuse from drivers when challenging them about their parking.

“The irresponsible attitude of a few could cause danger to life and loss of business.

“Mildenhall offers a wealth of free parking, please make full use of this and take that extra couple of minutes to park in a legal and responsible manner. Mildenhall SNT will be taking enforcement action for all offences in this area.”

Sheela Varughese, Mabbs Hall’s manager, said most drivers are going to the bank, but she added: “Sometimes people are very silly and park there and go to the town centre shopping.

“We have frail residents here and sometimes we’ve had to call an ambulance for a cardiac arrest and the ambulance has had to wait to get in.”

She said some drivers parked so badly that even staff in small cars could not get in or out.

The entire area has double yellow lines so drivers face a £30 fine. In addition vehicles parking in front of Mabbs Hall’s barrier or businesses’ designated spaces are causing an unnecessary obstruction which also attracts a £30 fine.