A traffic warden was caught on camera grappling with a motorist moments after the driver took a ‘selfie’ of the officer handing him a ticket.
The footage shows the warden reacting angrily when the van driver, who is making a delivery, tries to take the selfie on his mobile phone, attempting to catch the warden in the same shot.
The traffic warden appears to make a grab for the camera phone, sending it falling into the pavement.
As the motorist bends down to retrieve the mobile he gets up to find the warden moving aggressively towards him.
The incident, which happened on Dickinson Street in Manchester city centre, was captured by a passer-by on May 21.
The traffic warden called the police at 2pm to report ‘an aggressive male trying to film me’.
Five minutes later the motorist also called police and alleged he had been assaulted by a traffic warden.
After the M.E.N. alerted the council about the footage, its parking enforcement contractor NSL hauled the warden in to discuss the incident.
His bosses are now considering disciplinary action. A Manchester council spokesman said:
'Clearly, this traffic warden’s behaviour was entirely inappropriate and our contractors at NSL have brought him in, and are now considering disciplinary action.'
'Traffic wardens are trained to always walk away from any situations like this, and we take an extremely dim view of anyone who represents the council behaving in such a confrontational manner towards a member of the public.'
'We have spoken to NSL and insisted they put more robust measures in place to train staff and make sure this does not happen again.'
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police confirmed they would take no action on either of the complaints made as they regard the bust-up as a ‘minor dispute’.
The man who filmed the incident said:
'I’ve always had problems with this particular traffic warden which is why I filmed this as things started to heat up a bit.'
'Anyway, this warden decided to knock the phone out of this guy’s hand for taking a picture with him in it because he wanted it to appeal against the ticket.'
'The driver totally didn’t do anything wrong and remained fairly calm though the entire ordeal.'
The incident comes just weeks after taxi driver Mohammed Arif had a parking ticket slapped on him following a city centre crash revoked.
That incident was also caught on camera.
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