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Motorist given community service after headbutting parking warden outside primary school

PUBLISHED: 13:10 07 January 2016 | UPDATED: 13:10 07 January 2016

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A child was present during the assault

A 36-year-old man who headbutted a parking-warden outside a Welling primary school has been fined and ordered to perform more than 200 hours of unpaid work.

Craig Woodley, Lingfield Crescent Falconwood, head butted the civil enforcement officer on October 6 last year, near Hook Lane Primary School, as the officer was issuing a ticket.

The vehicle was parked on a yellow line, after the officer informed Mr Woodley he could not park a yellow zig zag school restriction.

After moving the car and parking on a yellow line, the CEO approached the vehicle and began issuing a penalty notice, when Woodley left the car and fractured the officer’s nose by head butting him.

Woodley has been ordered to pay fines and compensation of £1,235 and ordered to carry out unpaid work for 240 hours.

Dieter Hering, a manager at NSL the company who deliver the enforcement service, said: “NSL works very hard to support, train and equip our colleagues with the skills and qualifications they need to minimise these incidents.

“We use new technology, such as body worn video cameras, to ensure the actual course of events are fairly represented should a member of the public wish to appeal.

“We firmly believe it is wrong to abuse people who are delivering an important service of keeping traffic flowing and eliminating dangerous and inconsiderate parking outside schools. Nobody should be treated badly for doing their job.”

Deputy leader of the council Alex Sawyer said: “This was an unprovoked attack carried out in broad daylight in the presence of a child.

“We take these matters extremely seriously and simply will not tolerate any abuse of our staff or contractors who are going about their lawful business. The court clearly viewed this as serious, as can be seen in the sentence given.

“This prosecution should serve as a warning to any motorist who thinks they are above the law.”

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