OXFORD'S first traffic wardens started work on December 7, 1964.

Mr K.G. Carter, seen here helping a motorist with a parking problem in George Street, was one of eight wardens who officially began their duties after three weeks of training.

Chief Inspector George Miller, head of the traffic department, said they would operate in all the 'no waiting' areas in the city and help to keep the bus routes clear.

He added: "There is no doubt that their assistance will be invaluable in releasing police officers for other duties."

He hoped to recruit 12 more wardens to bring the number up to the total approved by the city council.

In 2019 councils in other parts of the county are still campaigning today to take control of parking enforcement from the hands of the police.