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Able-bodied drivers who sneak into disabled parking spots are not, it seems, otherwise law-abiding citizens just desperate for somewhere to park. A Huddersfield University survey has found that it is part of a pattern of criminal behaviour-a third of these parking cheats have criminal records and a fifth were suspected of being connected with some unsolved crime. This is not simply of academic interest. Apart from the fact that the police now know where to look for criminals, it has also boosted the self-esteem of local traffic wardens.

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