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Edinburgh traffic warden hit with guitar

posted 2 Jan 2010, 03:30 by David Rintoul   [ updated 2 Jan 2010, 03:49 ]

The number of attacks on Edinburgh's parking enforcers has soared by a quarter in the last year – including an incident in which an attendant was smashed in the face with a guitar.

According to the private firm which provides attendants for the city council, there were 108 physical and verbal attacks in the 12 months to November.

The most shocking took place in Panmure Place, Tollcross, during which a parking attendant suffered facial injuries after being attacked by a member of the public wielding a guitar. As well as physical abuse, there were also seven racist incidents against staff.

Private firm NSL said the toll was "upsetting", but stressed that an increase in the number of attacks was as a result of better recording.