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Speed camera set on fire for a second time
A SPEED camera has been set alight for the second time in three months.
An item was placed on top of the camera based on the A449 Wolverhampton Road at Broadwaters then set alight at about 5.49am yesterday.
A woman called the Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service and the police also attended.
Previously, 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 are appealing for people to come forward if they saw any suspicious activity there at the relevant time yesterday or if they know anything that could help the investigation.
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 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 evidence captured on it.”
Witnesses or anyone with information about the arson are asked to contact Sergeant Malcolm Blyth at Kidderminster Police Station on the non-emergency number 101 quoting incident 42-S-091213 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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