AN AUDI driver caused traffic chaos in the city centre after abandoning his car to get a drink from Tesco.
However, they may have regretted their impromptu shopping trip as the police were waiting for them on their return to the car.
Eyewitnesses were left 'gobsmacked' when they saw the man park his blue Audi on double yellows outside Foregate Street station at 3.30pm yesterday (December 6).
It is an area well known for causing tailbacks and the actions caused traffic to build up with other drivers forced into the oncoming bus lane.
Bystanders also praised police, who arrived quickly at the scene and dealt with the situation.
One eyewitness said: “A man left his car in the middle of the road outside Foregate Street station just to go to Tesco to get a drink.
“All pedestrians were standing on the side quite amazed at how someone would be this selfish to leave the car unattended on double yellows on a busy street just to get something from Tesco, but I am sure people were much happier seeing our police handling it so well.”
Worcester News has contacted West Mercia Police about the incident.
Last month, Worcester City Council vowed to crack down on drivers parking illegally in and around Worcester's taxi ranks, including Foregate Street.
Some of the city’s taxi drivers have been calling for extra patrols to put a stop to over-ranking and problematic parking and blamed the council for not patrolling ranks regularly and penalising drivers.
The council said more than 40 fines were handed out in November including nine in a day during a patrol of city centre taxi ranks.
Concerns have also been raised in recent weeks about parking problems in Cathedral Square.
The area has been described as looking "like a car park" at times, with cars parked outside the square's bars and restaurants.
But delivery drivers have hit back at accusations that they are to blame, saying the public also park on the square for nights out.
Mazedul Shakil also questioned where else delivery drivers are supposed to park.
He said: “Should we tell restaurants in Cathedral Square to stop doing deliveries? It is easy saying ‘park legally’ but where, though?
“Local delivery drivers get treated unfairly by everyone, when they just want to make a living to provide for their family."