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Kind-hearted traffic warden rips up ticket after church fair theft
A TRAFFIC warden has been praised for his kindness in the aftermath of a callous theft at a church book sale.
The organisers of the Poole Methodist Church event said they “reacted with horror” after their morning takings were stolen.
Book fair organiser Tricia Creamer says up to £100 cash was swiped, which was raised to help finance running costs and redevelopment work at the church.
“It was a sad blow to realise that someone could be so selfish, cruel, and unkind at such an occasion and make the church a victim of crime, said Tricia.
“People’s reactions were of horror to think someone could do such a thing.”
But it wasn’t all doom and gloom – Tricia asked the Daily Echo to highlight the kindness of a traffic warden who played an unwitting cameo role in the morning’s drama.
At the time of the theft the pay and display ticket on Tricia’s car ran out, but during the subsequent confusion she didn’t have time to renew it and then unfortunately received a parking ticket.
The warden who issued it said he was unable to retract it, but tried several ways to enable her to set up an appeal.
“After about an hour he came back and said he’d managed to persuade the administration to let him tear up the ticket,” she explained. “He gets our vote for being a top traffic warden.”
On the theft, Tricia said: “We were shocked especially as we had been chatting and helping people all morning and the money raised is towards the church redevelopment which in itself will be made to the community.”
She stressed that Poole Methodists were committed to supporting the local community and that they “greatly appreciated” help from the people of Poole.
Police are eager to speak to anyone with information regarding the event at Poole Methodist Church.
Jason Benjamin, parking services manager at the Borough of Poole, said: “We are pleased that the recent actions of our staff member were so gratefully received by Trisha Creamer. Given the very exceptional circumstances, and the fact that a theft had taken place, the supervisor could inform Trisha of the decision to cancel the ticket on this occasion following a call from the attendant.”
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