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Fine... or not so fine: Tale of two NI towns where rules appear to differ for drivers out on a trip to the shops

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Free for all: Cars parked in Coalisland

Free for all: Cars parked in Coalisland

Parking in Mid Ulster towns. GRAPHIC: RAYMOND ESTEBAN

Parking in Mid Ulster towns. GRAPHIC: RAYMOND ESTEBAN

Free for all: Cars parked in Coalisland

It is a typical autumn day, and in local towns the game of Russian roulette is being played out between motorist and traffic warden.

As the rain hammers down on the windscreen, most would admit to taking that chance to run into a shop for a pint of milk, pop into the chemist for a couple of minutes. Parking, however briefly, where we are not supposed to.

Chances are a day like today is when the luck runs out and you return, rain dripping off your nose, to the sight of a red jacket hovering beside your car, fingers tapping on their handheld screen.