Tensions raised by Christmas traffic gridlock in Sleaford

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Reports of major traffic queues and tension among drivers in Sleaford town centre has prompted calming words to be issued by Lincolnshire Police.

Sleaford’s social media was full of comments reporting gridlocked traffic and near misses and minor collisions in car parks as tempers boiled over between anxious drivers battling for parking spaces to get their Christmas shopping.

Incidents mentioned included car parks in Money’s Yard and Aldi.

One resident claimed they had nearly been knocked over twice. When she challenged one, she said he put two fingers up and swore at her.

A Lincolnshire Police spokeswoman said: “At this time of year when it is so close to Christmas it is not unusual for extra traffic to be on the roads and car parks to be busy as people carry out errands.

“We are asking people to remain patient at these times and remember that everyone is in the same boat, if you are sitting in a queue of traffic then so is the person in the car in front and behind of you. Please remain calm and be patient and, above all, have a happy and safe Christmas and New Year.”