Vandals putting lives at risk outside Peterborough school

The vandalised speed camera in Oundle Road
The vandalised speed camera in Oundle Road
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Vandals have been condemned for setting fire to a speed camera outside the Nene Park Academy in Peterborough – just weeks after a previous arson attack.

Police are hunting vandals who placed a car tyre around the camera in Oundle Road, close to the Nene Park Academy, before setting it alight on September 22.

The vandalised speed camera in Oundle Road. Photo: Alan Storer

The vandalised speed camera in Oundle Road. Photo: Alan Storer

Just weeks previously the same camera was also torched, leading to fears that the device, which is situated in a 30 mph zone, is being specifically targeted.

Cllr Janet Goodwin (Con, Ortons) said: “Whoever is doing this is potentially putting the lives of young children at risk.

“The camera is outside a school for a reason so you would think that most people would have the common sense not to do something like this.

“The camera had only been in use for a short while. The previous one was burned down some time ago. It is a worry if it is being specifically targeted.”

Laura Woods, spokesperson for Brake, the road safety charity, said: “Speed cameras save lives. They have been proven through rigorous academic studies to be exceptionally effective in reducing speeds, crashes and casualties, preventing families going through the devastation of a road death or injury.

“Damaging them costs local authorities money at a time when finances are tight, and makes it harder for the police to enforce the law. We need higher fines and greater investment in life-saving speed camera technology to deter speeding behaviour. And we urge drivers to keep us all safe on roads by pledging to stay well within speed limits.”

A spokesperson for Cambridgeshire Police said: “We are investigating after a tyre was placed around a safety camera pole in Oundle Road and set on fire.

“The pole was damaged in the incident which happened at 12.30am on September 22.

Anyone with any information on the incident should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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