Vandals set fire to prolific speed camera

Vandals set fire to prolific speed camera

A speed camera that has caught 936 motorists in the last four years has been destroyed by vandals.
The GATSO fixed speed camera, which was situated on Oldham road in Ashton-Under-Lyne, was covered in paper and rags before being set alight in the early hours of Monday morning.

Bosses in charge of the area's safety camera scheme are now appealing for information.

Karen Delaney of Drivesafe said: "The primary objective for safety camera deployment is to cut deaths and injuries on the roads by reducing the level and severity of speeding. We do this by detection, speed enforcement and training, this in turn encourages changes in driver behaviour. A safety camera is quite often chosen as a last resort to solving a speeding problem," reported Manchester Evening News.

"This individual has obviously acted on purely selfish motives; the act of vandalism has now increased the risk of danger to everyone using Oldham Road, Ashton.

"We are conducting a full investigation on this incident and would appreciate any information from the community which might assist in identifying this person."

This isn't the first time a speed camera in the area has been vandalised. Just a few months ago, a fixed camera on the Huddersfield road was destroyed using a method called 'necklacing', where a tyre is placed over the camera before being set on fire.

Police are now investigating Monday's arson attack.
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