Traffic warden who fined driver whilst wearing a mask and hat which only showed his eyes is reprimanded following backlash

A 'ninja' looking traffic warden has been reprimanded by council bosses after a 'frightening' photo emerged of him wearing a mask and hat.

The council worker was photographed in Hartlepool, County Durham with only his eyes visible.

In the picture, which was shared on social media, he appears to be writing up a citation for a motorist.

Some residents joked he looked like 'a ninja' but others were concerned his unusual look could cause fear.

The traffic warden (pictured) who dished out a parking ticket for a motorist in Hartlepool while wearing a face covering has been warned his clothing was 'not appropriate'

The traffic warden (pictured) who dished out a parking ticket for a motorist in Hartlepool while wearing a face covering has been warned his clothing was 'not appropriate'

Some came to his defence and claimed he may be cautious about reprisals or embarrassed about issuing fixed penalties to people (stock photo)

Some came to his defence and claimed he may be cautious about reprisals or embarrassed about issuing fixed penalties to people (stock photo)

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Iain J Mindwraith said: 'If you are that scared about being identified it is probably not the right job for him.

'I can understand his worries, but this is intimidating and potentially frightening to many.

'Also, far better if traffic wardens are highly visible so are seen about as a deterrent rather than a stealth tax on the unwary.'

However, some came to his defence and claimed he may be cautious about reprisals or embarrassed about issuing fixed penalties to people.

Lesley Watson said: 'It's obviously to protect himself from being recognised (and assaulted or abused!) when he's not doing his job.

'Traffic wardens get singled out and hassled when they're going about their daily business off duty around here.

'I think I'd be hiding myself too.'

Angela Robson Berry said she had spoken to the man a few weeks ago.

She said: 'I was asking a question and he pulled it down to talk to me. He was lovely and polite.

'I think because he's giving tickets out just wants to cover his identity, which I would probably.'

Hartlepool Borough Council said the man is one of the civil enforcement officers.

As well as parking their duties include proactively tackling a range of environmental issues which adversely affect residents' lives, including fly-tipping, dog fouling and litter.

A Hartlepool Borough Council spokesperson said: 'We have spoken to the employee concerned and advised him that such a face covering is not appropriate.'

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