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Damage to police camera not suspicious
25 August 2009

Officers from Lancashire Constabulary have said this week that they are not treating damage to a speed camera near Holmeswood as suspicious.

Insp David Robinson told The Champion on Monday (August 23) that police officer's covering the force's Southern Division had inspected the damaged camera, on the B5246 between Rufford and Mere Brow, but believed a passing vehicle may have caused the damage.

"The police attended just before 3pm on August 23 to investigate a damaged speed camera but the circumstances surrounding the incident are still being investigated," he said.

"We believe it may have been have hit by a tractor or other such vehicle. If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please get in touch."

Police attended the incident last Sunday (August 23) but motorists passing the camera have reported damage to the camera on a number of previous occasions, and reported the damage to The Champion last Wednesday (August 19).

A number of organisations which attack Britain's speed cameras exist across the country, including Motorists Against Speed Camera Extortion, which has already damaged and vandalised a number of cameras across the UK.

However speed cameras in Lancashire are rarely targeted by these groups, and the police say they are investigating the damage as a Road Traffic Collision, or RTC.

Lancashire Road Safety Partnership, which oversees fixed speed cameras across the county, said it could not comment on cases of damage to cameras, saying it is now a police matter.

13 fixed speed cameras are used across West Lancashire in an effort to curb motoring accidents.


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