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Kidderminster speed camera set alight for second time in three months
10:34am Wednesday 11th December 2013 in News
A SPEED camera has been set alight in Kidderminster for the second time in three months.
In the latest attack on the camera on the A449 Wolverhampton Road at Broadwaters, someone placed an unknown item on it at 5.49am on Monday and then set it ablaze. The fire service was called by a woman and police also attended.
A tyre was set alight at the base of the same camera at 5.40am on Sunday, September 29.
Police are investigating both incidents as arson and appealing for people to come forward if they saw any suspicious activity there yesterday or if they know anything which could help officers.
Anna Higgins, communications manager for the Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia, said: "The speed enforcement site on Wolverhampton Road in Kidderminster was launched in November 2012.
"The camera was installed to try and reduce the speed of vehicles using the road after speed data identified a significant proportion of motorists were breaking the 30mph speed limit and a number of collisions had taken place where speed was a contributory factor.
"Enforcement activity aims to improve the safety of the road and the quality of life for people living in the area. The mindless vandalism that has taken place here again reflects the attitude present in fortunately only a minority of individuals who disregard others and try to undermine positive action.
"This site houses a digital camera which automatically transfers data to a remote back office location in real-time. Therefore, acts of vandalism will have no impact on the evidence captured on it."
Anyone with information should contact Sgt Malcolm Blyth at Kidderminster Police Station on 101, quoting incident 42-S-091213, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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