Member of public who challenged councillor’s partner’s parking is reported to police


A senior councillor reported a member of the public to the police after the man confronted his partner over her incorrect parking in Boston Market Place.

Boston borough councillor Coun Raymond Singleton-McGuire’s partner parked the deputy leader’s car next to the planters near to the Herbert Ingram Memorial – close to a sign highlighting that the area is not for parking.

This was spotted by Mark Rawlings, who pointed out the woman’s error and took a photo which he later posted on social media.

She moved her car but the councillor then decided to contact the police - saying Mr Rawlings had been abusive and aggressive and left his partner frightened.

The incident happened on February 21 and the following Sunday evening saw Mr Rawlings get a visit from the police.

However officers have ruled that there is no evidence to suggest Mr Rawlings committed an offence. He denies being aggressive and said he did not use abusive language.

A police spokesman said: “Officers visited the partner, and also reviewed CCTV of the incident, but there was no evidence to substantiate that an offence had been committed. The other person was also visited by officers and was offered words of advice about both parties avoiding contact with each other. He wasn’t accused of any offence.

“It’s quite normal for officers to visit both parties when an allegation such as this has been made, even if no offences have been identified and there is no requirement for further police action.

“It’s about nipping any potential escalation in the bud and drawing a line under the matter.”

Mr Rawlings said: “I didn’t do anything wrong. If anything the councillor should be thanking me for saving embarrassment of picking up a ticket.

“This was ‘do as we say not as we do’ behaviour.”

The car displayed Coun Singleton-McGuire’s borough council parking permit but, since the Market Place spaces are run by the county council, even if his partner had parked in a marked bay she would still needed to have paid. The permits only allow councillors and staff to park in borough bays on council business.

The councillor told The Standard his partner had been in an emergency to recover a lost item, adding: “She wasn’t aware of the parking regulations - she does know now.”

He accused Mr Rawlings of ‘trying to make something out of nothing’ and said the matter was a ‘storm in a tea cup’.

He also revealed that he no longer wishes to do business with Mr Rawlings’ employers through one of his firms.

Coun Singleton-McGuire, portfolio holder for finance, said he would be willing to pay a parking fine for the incident, should one be presented.