A Westminster councillor has pledged a crack down on abuse of traffic wardens.
Westminster Council's cabinet member for environment and transport, Cllr Danny Chalkley, has vowed to go after people who threaten or assault wardens after being appalled by the case of teacher Patrick Jardine, now serving four months for punching a Westminster warden unconcious in July.
The councillor said: "Our CEOs and the public have a right to walk Westminster's streets in safety. This foul behaviour cannot be tolerated and Westminster will support any action to crack down on men like Patrick Jardine.
"Our staff must be sure that we'll do our utmost to protect them, and if the worst does happen, that we'll do anything we can to ensure criminals who blight their working lives are brought to justice."
Jardine, 39, of Woodside Road, Plaistow, approached Gabriel Babatunde in Charing Cross Road, West End, asking if he could park on a double yellow line while he went into a shop. When Mr Babatunde told Jardine he would get a ticket if he did, he punched the warden twice in the face, knocking him out and breaking his nose.