The Chief Constable of Essex Police has criticised the way one of his police officers parked by taking a photo of the 'bad' parking and sharing it with his Twitter followers.
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Stephen Kavanagh posted the picture that shows a van parked in the middle of two bays and wrote: "I hold our force to a higher standard & parking like this falls below it! Apologies to anyone inconvenienced in #Boreham yesterday".
But eagle-eyed Twitter users jumped to defend the police officer, with Fiona Unwin writing: "Think you are mistaken, Sir. If the van had parked 'correctly', the driver of the car would not have been able to get back in!"
She added: "If anything, it's excellent thoughtful parking!!"
Another social media user wrote: "If this is what fills your day Boss I'm really worried about your priorities."
Mr Kavanagh responded: "It doesn't fill my day. Apologising to the public when we get it wrong is part of policing."
A spokesman for Essex Police backed him up and told the BBC: "We expect anyone driving a police vehicle to be beyond reproach and show extra special consideration and courtesy to pedestrians and other cars when parking.