A SPEED camera was set on fire in Kidderminster in a “mindless” act of vandalism.

The camera, on the A449 Wolverhampton Road at Broadwaters, was seen on fire at about 5.40am on Sunday, September 29.

A delivery driver contacted the fire service, who found a tyre had been set alight at the base of the camera.

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 that 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 selfish and mindless vandalism that has taken place reflects the attitude present in fortunately only a minority of individuals who disregard others and attempt to undermine positive action.

“The site on Wolverhampton Road 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 evidence captured on it.”

House to house inquiries have been carried out.

Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact PC Angie Maddock on West Mercia’s non-emergency number 10, quoting incident 156-s-290913, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.