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Vandals nobble UK’s top Gatso

Published: 02 December 2002

Updated: 19 November 2014

Vandals have nobbled Britain’s most infamous speed camera – and police say it could be out of action for at least a week.

The rear-facing Gatso is situated on the southbound carriageway of the M11 at Woodford in Essex and it’s been snapping up to 2000 speeding motorists a day.

Essex police believe a van was deliberately reversed into it, damaging the case and bending the supporting pole.

A spokesman said: " The camera will probably be up and running again next week. It has been out of action since Tuesday when the damage was discovered.

" We have found tyre tracks leading away from the camera and we suspect it could have been done deliberately.

" However, speed cameras are there for one thing and that is to save lives. Perhaps if the person who did this could see some of the effects of speeding that we see in hospitals and mortuaries they would think differently about what they have done. "

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