Police in Devon have expressed their disappointment at being called ‘a**holes’ over a parking space.
The officers had been called out to a serious incident in Ilfracombe, North Devon, this morning, and were rushing back to their vehicle after hearing reports of a crash nearby.
They then found an unknown passerby had left them a note on the car reading: ‘Great parking a**holes’.
The mystery author had then also drawn a smiley face at the end of the message.
Taking to social media, a spokesperson for the Ilfracombe force said it had been a ‘busy morning’ for the officers who received the note.
They continued: ‘On returning to their vehicle, to attend an immediate RTC at Iron Letters Cross, they disappointingly found the following note on their police vehicle.
‘We wonder if the writer would be as critical if we were going to assist them or their family in an emergency!
‘When responding to immediate incidents getting to those in need takes priority over spending time finding a parking space!’
The post received several comments from well-wishers towards the police, who described the note as ‘rude’.
This isn’t the first time emergency service vehicles have been hit with angry messages, with one neighbour telling officers in Shirley, West Midlands, they would clamp their car unless it moved.
The officers had been at the scene of a 94-year-old burglary victim at the time.
While in November last year, a paramedic came back to her ambulance to someone had written a furious note after she blocked their driveway.
The message said: ‘Don’t care if you’re an ambulance you can’t block people’s driveways! ‘Either ask or f***ing come out when we beep the horn for 10 minutes.’