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If the car is fully taxed, insured, isn't causing an obstruction and is not in breach of any parking restrictions, the police can't take any action. A car can park on any road (restrictions permitting) for any length of time. However, if the car hasn't moved and has been in situ for a number of weeks, then it may have been abandoned - you can report abandoned vehicles via the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/report-abandoned-vehicle

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