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Police step up patrols around Hampstead schools after spate or road rage incidents

PUBLISHED: 18:11 30 June 2016 | UPDATED: 18:11 30 June 2016

The daily school-runs cause traffic queues in Fitzjohn's Avenue and Arkwright Road.

The daily school-runs cause traffic queues in Fitzjohn's Avenue and Arkwright Road.

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Police have stepped up patrols outside schools in Hampstead - after a spate of road rage incidents during school run times.

Police have stepped up patrols outside schools in Hampstead - after a spate of road rage incidents during busy school run times.

PC Edward Bromilow, of the Frognal and Fitzjohns safer neighbourhoods team, said: “We are continuing our on/off presence outside the schools around Fitzjohn’s, less so for the parent crime and more so for traffic issues, as I have been made aware of a few road rage reports.”

PC Bromilow said: “This isn’t needed at all, especially when children are involved.”

The area around Fitzjohns Avenue and Arkwright Road is a notorious school run blackspot with the high concentration of schools with hundreds of parents in cars descending on the area in the morning and mid-afternoon to pick up and drop off their children and fighting over a limited number of parking spaces.

PC Bromilow warned: “If I do come across anyone acting like this I will take appropriate action for any offences made out.”

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