Kidderminster speed camera set alight for second time in three months

Kidderminster Shuttle: Kidderminster speed camera set alight for second time in three months Kidderminster speed camera set alight for second time in three months

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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12:49pm Wed 11 Dec 13

spacedraider says...

This camera is in a ridiculous place to start with! The amount of people slamming brakes on as they approach it will cause more accidents in the long run. This camera is just a money making device for the council.
This camera is in a ridiculous place to start with! The amount of people slamming brakes on as they approach it will cause more accidents in the long run. This camera is just a money making device for the council. spacedraider

10:13pm Thu 12 Dec 13

John Herbert Smith says...

Get rid of fixed speed cameras. They are a waste of money and just cause people to slam the breaks on. They are simply a cash cow so the council can line their pockets (a bit like their car park charges).

Have the camera vans driving around in RANDOM locations and DON'T advertise they are there.

Of course, also make sure speed limits are appropriate and not set too slow (I'm looking at you A449).
Get rid of fixed speed cameras. They are a waste of money and just cause people to slam the breaks on. They are simply a cash cow so the council can line their pockets (a bit like their car park charges). Have the camera vans driving around in RANDOM locations and DON'T advertise they are there. Of course, also make sure speed limits are appropriate and not set too slow (I'm looking at you A449). John Herbert Smith

7:15pm Sun 15 Dec 13

theotherguy says...

John Herbert Smith wrote:
Get rid of fixed speed cameras. They are a waste of money and just cause people to slam the breaks on. They are simply a cash cow so the council can line their pockets (a bit like their car park charges).

Have the camera vans driving around in RANDOM locations and DON'T advertise they are there.

Of course, also make sure speed limits are appropriate and not set too slow (I'm looking at you A449).
Doesn't go to the council my friend.
[quote][p][bold]John Herbert Smith[/bold] wrote: Get rid of fixed speed cameras. They are a waste of money and just cause people to slam the breaks on. They are simply a cash cow so the council can line their pockets (a bit like their car park charges). Have the camera vans driving around in RANDOM locations and DON'T advertise they are there. Of course, also make sure speed limits are appropriate and not set too slow (I'm looking at you A449).[/p][/quote]Doesn't go to the council my friend. theotherguy

1:57pm Wed 18 Dec 13

norman73 says...

i particularly like the bit in coming out of ombersley a449 when at 5pm you have to pull out in front constant stream of traffic going 50miles an hour and hope. its so safe

surely they could have done slip road there!!!!
i particularly like the bit in coming out of ombersley a449 when at 5pm you have to pull out in front constant stream of traffic going 50miles an hour and hope. its so safe surely they could have done slip road there!!!! norman73

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