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Fire attack on camera

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Vandals have set fire to a speed camera on a busy Hednesford road. Firefighters were sent to Pye Green Road just before midnight on Friday. Vandals have set fire to a speed camera on a busy Hednesford road. Firefighters were sent to Pye Green Road just before midnight on Friday. A tyre had been put around it and the camera was set on fire. Hednesford Councillor Chris Collis said: "It's a case of mindless vandalism again. Whether it's someone with a grudge who has been caught or someone who just wants to take revenge against speed cameras, who knows? "But, at the end of the day, that particular speed camera was put in that particular location for safety reasons." Read the full story in the Express & Star. 

A tyre had been put around it and the camera was set on fire.

Hednesford Councillor Chris Collis said: "It's a case of mindless vandalism again. Whether it's someone with a grudge who has been caught or someone who just wants to take revenge against speed cameras, who knows?

"But, at the end of the day, that particular speed camera was put in that particular location for safety reasons.

"At that location there have been accidents in the past and problems with speed so it is there to protect motorists and pedestrians."

He added: "Some speed cameras do appear to have been put in locations to generate income but not that one, it's for safety reasons, and to destroy it is ridiculous."

Firefighter Steve Kenny, of Cannock Fire Station, said the equipment inside the camera was most likely destroyed but said the structure would be fine after being re-painted.

He said crews were being sent to more and more fires involving speed cameras.

Richard Caddy, spokesman for Staffordshire County Council, said: "This is an act of appalling callousness by somebody who thinks a bit of minor inconvenience to them is more important than the general safety of everyone else."

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