Just how much space should you leave another parked car? Photo sparks debate

The photo sparked a debate about how much space you should leave when parking next to another car. P

The photo sparked a debate about how much space you should leave when parking next to another car. Picture: KING'S LYNN POLICE - Credit: Archant

It is a scenario we have probably all experienced - we have parked our car somewhere we thought had plenty of space, but have been left with little room to get in and out.

In some cases it might even be tricky to open the door, forcing us to climb over a passenger seat.

But now a police Tweet where officers shared their own experience of what they felt was bad parking has sparked an online debate - namely, just how much space should you leave another car when you park?

Police from King's Lynn shared a photo where a beige Volkswagen Golf parked what seemed like a matter of inches away from their fully marked patrol car while they were dealing with their everyday criminal enquiries.

The officers were not best pleased with the driver of the Golf, Tweeting a thumbs down emoji and an angry face while taking to the social networking site to vent their frustration.


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'Whilst on crime enquiries today we were not at all impressed to discover how close this motorist parked next to our patrol car!!!!' officers said.

But there is no suggestion the Volkswagen motorist did anything against the law - the picture shows the car clearly inside the lines of the parking bay, even if the vehicle is right on the edge.

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One person Tweeted in response that it was 'annoying', adding: 'Especially when you can't get the baby seat in...'

But another person Tweeted: 'Looks like they have parked within their allocated space.'

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