Speed camera is back after double arson attack

The speed camera in Gonerby Road was repaired this week. Photo: 703B

The speed camera in Gonerby Road was repaired this week. Photo: 703B

0
Have your say

A SPEED camera which has twice been set on fire by arsonists has been repaired this week.

The Gonerby Road speed camera was first attacked in April, 2009, when arsonists hung a flaming tyre around the camera.

The speed camera was set on fire in July. Despite appeals, nobody has ever been arrested and charged.

The speed camera was set on fire in July. Despite appeals, nobody has ever been arrested and charged.

It took more than two years for Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership to repair the camera at a cost of around £40,000 but it lasted a matter of days before it was targeted by arsonists once again.

This time the road safety partnership has taken just a month to repair the camera.

John Siddle of Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership said: “A lot of people walk into town from Gonerby and there are a lot of children in that area. We are still in the school holidays and there are still a lot of youngsters out there who need the protection the camera provides.

“It is bright yellow and is a visible deterrent to make drivers slow down to an appropriate speed for that road.”

The partnership are only too aware of the past history of criminal damage committed against the camera and are keen to point out what could happen to anyone caught carrying out a similar attack.

Mr Siddle said: “If you get flashed by a speed camera it’s nobody else’s fault but the driver’s. People are not thinking about the risk they are putting themselves in by burning speed cameras.

“It is arson and criminal damage and they are risking their liberty and their livelihood. They could lose everything by going to jail.

“It seems an incredible risk to take just to burn a speed camera.”

Mr Siddle said the partnership works with the police to catch arsonists who target speed cameras.

He said: “We will catch these people in time. They need to be lucky every time they do this. We only need to be lucky once.”

l Is the camera a vital tool or more trouble than it’s worth? E-mail: comment@granthamjournal.co.uk