THURROCK Council has gone on the record to set the record straight over the actions over a traffic warden at a funeral in Grays.
A spokesperson said: “Thurrock Council is aware of the situation where a Civil Enforcement Officer (CEO) was filmed taking a photo of a limousine vehicle parked outside St Peters and St Paul’s church in Grays. The council would like to be very clear, no parking ticket was issued to the vehicle nor would any ever be issued in these circumstances.
“The action of the individual member of council staff was not in line with appropriate standards and policies of the authority and the council would like to apologise unreservedly for any distress or concern caused as a result of the photograph being taken. All council CEOs will be retrained on Monday 24 July and clarity reiterated around the appropriate role of parking enforcement which does provide an important service to the borough.
The council is also aware of the nature of the comments by a number of people in relation to this matter. The council does not condone racially motivated hate comments about any member of staff or resident and will be passing this information to Essex Police.