A COPPER was 'clamped' by a fed-up member of the public after he left his patrol car parked on double yellow lines for 40 minutes.
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Passers-by were gob-smacked to see the badly parked motor 'spread-eagled' across the pavement on Ifield Road at 6.30pm on Sunday.
And one Crawley resident was so incensed by the thin blue line's abuse of the double yellows he whacked a wheel clamp on the offending patrol car – while the care-free cop chatted metres away.
One witness, who didn't want to be named, said: "It was totally illegally parked. It was sticking out all over the place and cars had to swerve past him all of the time causing a lot of problems. Then some one decided to go across and put a clamp on the wheel.
"No one knows who it was and we don't think it was a real clamp."
Another witness said the policeman looked 'sheepish' when he saw that his patrol car had been fallen foul of a clamping vigilante.
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