FIREFIGHTERS in Taunton are pleading with vehicle owners to park considerately.

They fear the streets of the county town are more likely to be "jam packed" with parked cars as many people work from home or self isolate during the Coronavirus crisis.

"It's adding to the already crowded parking areas," said a spokesman for Taunton Fire Station.

"Please think and park sensibly at all times. It is an offence to obstruct emergency workers and it could cost lives."

They are urging vehicle owners to:

•park close to the kerb;

•leave enough space for a fire engine or an ambulance to pass;

•leave extra room near tight corners;

•fold in your wing mirror.

The spokesman added: "Every second counts when the emergency services are responding to an incident.

"Fire spreads fast - please don't let your parking slow us down. #FireKills."