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Nurse wheelclamped for five hours

A nurse was clamped for five hours on Monday after using an elderly patient's private parking space.

Hannah Bannock was in full uniform and had an NHS permit on display when she was clamped in Clacton, Essex, a spokesman for the North East Essex Primary Care Trust confirmed.

Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said the case was an example of why change in the law was necessary.

"This shows just how bad the situation has become," he said.

Peter Richardson, of the primary care trust, said the situation "beggared belief" as Mrs Bannock was forced to postpone other visits while waiting for her car to be released.

"One of our nurses has been hamstrung for the whole day and these people seem totally above the law," he added.

Mr Richardson said the nurse was initially fined "somewhere in the region of £850" but it was understood the trust had been told it would not have to pay for the fine.

Mrs Bannock, from Colchester, Essex, told the Daily Mail she explained to the clampers that she was on duty and had more patients to see, but they refused to budge, telling her the fine would increase by £50 for every 30 minutes she refused to pay.

She eventually resorted to sitting in her car to prevent it being towed away. The clamp was eventually released.

A spokesman for South East Clamping was not immediately available for comment.


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