Springsteen tour trucks given parking tickets in Leeds

Tour van issued parking ticket outside Leeds Arena. Copyright Graham Yaffe The tour trucks were ticketed on a side street near the Leeds Arena

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Tour trucks for Bruce Springsteen were given parking tickets ahead of his concert in Leeds.

The US rock star was the first act to perform at the new £60m Leeds Arena on Wednesday evening.

The trucks delivering equipment for the concert had been parked in a side street near the 13,500-seat venue.

Leeds City Council said the tickets had been "legitimately issued" but because of the "special circumstances" they had been revoked.

The authority said the area where the trucks were parked had double-yellow lines and was outside the designated unloading zone.

'Stupid and zealous'

A spokesman said: "We accept this is a little embarrassing but the attendant was doing his job - if a little too efficiently.

"These were somewhat unusual circumstances with a very large tour involving a tight turnaround of vehicles arriving from the previous night's show in Cardiff on the opening night of a brand new venue."

He added: "Having considered the special circumstances, the tickets were quickly cancelled.

"When you prepare a city to open and host a huge, state-of-the-art new venue, you're bound to get the odd teething trouble."

Keith Wakefield, Labour leader of Leeds Council, said: "It was somebody being a little bit stupid and zealous."

Springsteen had personally asked to try out the new venue, which is officially opened on 4 September, as part of his current world tour.

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