Terminator on patrol in Bury

FIRST it was Haverhill, then it was Sudbury… but a traffic warden nicknamed The Terminator has been given a new beat to patrol.Suffolk police has confirmed its Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) John Woodgate, nicknamed The Terminator because of the sheer number of tickets he handed out in Haverhill, has been temporarily stationed in Bury St Edmunds.

FIRST it was Haverhill, then it was Sudbury… but a traffic warden nicknamed The Terminator has been given a new beat to patrol.

Suffolk police has confirmed its Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) John Woodgate, nicknamed The Terminator because of the sheer number of tickets he handed out in Haverhill, has been temporarily stationed in Bury St Edmunds.

The move comes after Suffolk police had to step in and demand a Facebook site was taken down that had been set up by angry motorists in Sudbury complaining about Mr Woodgate. Within two weeks more than 1,000 people had joined.

Mr Woodgate was unavailable for comment about the new assignment but a spokeswoman for Suffolk police said the move was temporary which, for rogue motorists in Sudbury, means he could be back.


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A spokeswoman for the police said: “PCSOs may temporarily move location; this is generally for training and development purposes.

“We cannot discuss individual officers' personal details.”

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A keen cyclist, Mr Woodgate arrived in Sudbury last year from Haverhill, where residents compared him with the relentless cyborg played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the film Terminator.

When he first got to work in Sudbury business leaders welcomed his arrival, claiming parking in the market town was in a state of “anarchy”.

He was nicknamed the Terminator after he handed out 1,000 tickets in a year in Haverhill and 1,056 in Sudbury, compared to 519 in the town before his arrival.

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