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St Ives lifeboat volunteers assaulted after asking person to move parked car

St Ives lifeboat volunteers assaulted after asking person to move parked car

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 10:29am 24th July 2020. (Updated at 12:15pm 24th July 2020)

Two St Ives lifeboat volunteers have been assaulted after asking someone to move their vehicle which was parked in a crew space on the slipway.

The team have described the incident as "very shocking" and "completely unacceptable".

Parking on the slipway is restricted for lifeboat crew and the RNLI only, so they can quickly respond to emergency shouts when needed.

But the team says there have been several incidents recently where they've had to ask people not to park there and to move their vehicles.

On Thursday evening a lifeboat volunteer, and the son of a senior crew member, were both physically assaulted when they asked somebody to move.

The St Ives lifeboat crew says they are providing a voluntary lifesaving service in particularly difficult conditions and are urging people not to park on the slipway.

Police say a man from Plymouth has been arrested and remains in custody.

"Very shocking news to bring our followers this morning, in fact its difficult to believe we should need to communicate this message.

"Parking on our slipway is restricted for Lifeboat Crew and RNLI only. This is so our crew can quickly make their way to the lifeboat station and park and respond to save lives.

"Recently we have been consistently requesting individuals not to park on the slipway, and to please move their vehicles.

"Such an incident occurred once again yesterday evening, and when one of our shore crew volunteers and the son of one of our senior crew members requested an owner of a vehicle that had once again parked in the crew spaces, to please move that vehicle - they were both physically assaulted.

"Everyone of us at the station is appalled and shocked that this has happened.

"This is completely unacceptable in every way, our crew continue to provide a voluntary lifesaving service to the public in very busy, challenging and difficult conditions particularly right now, and should be able to do so without concerns to their physical safety.

"The said incident has been reported to the respective authorities, but if we do ask you not to park on the lifeboat slipway, please work with us so we can continue to operate and respond quickly."

St Ives Lifeboat

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"Officers were notified to reports of a common assault which happened on Wharf Road in St Ives on Thursday 23rd July at around 11.30pm. 

"A 45-year-old man from Plymouth has been arrested on suspicion of assault and is in police custody."

Devon and Cornwall Police

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