HUNT FOR THE ANGRY DRIVER WHO BLEW UP A SPEED CAMERA
The hunt was continuing for the driver who blew up a speed camera , not pictured
Wednesday December 30,2009
By John Ingham
THE hunt was continuing yesterday for a fed-up motorist who blew up a speed camera in the early hours of Christmas Day, setting off a full‑scale security alert.
Police and firefighters rushed to the scene fearing the explosion had come from a nearby petrol station.
Residents in the quiet neighbourhood were awoken by a deafening explosion that sent debris flying into the road.
Those who looked out of their windows saw a cloud of smoke coming from the Truvelo camera.
One, Tina McCarthy, peered out to find pieces of the camera lying on the road in front on her flat.
She said: “It was a real shock. I couldn’t believe it. A massive explosion woke me up and when I looked out I could see a huge cloud of smoke coming from the camera.
“There had been thunder and lightning that evening but this was so much louder.
“At first I thought someone had shot at it. It’s quite worrying to think someone has these kind of explosive devices and can plant them so close to our homes.”
Police are checking CCTV tapes in Eastleigh, Hants, for clues to the explosion which happened at 2.30am. Acting Chief Inspector Kelly Whiting of Hampshire Police said: “This is totally irresponsible behaviour by whoever committed this offence.
“There could have been a potential risk to passers-by, although this was minimised by the time of the incident.
“There was a risk to the nearby petrol station and the attack could have had serious consequences.”
She added: “We have recovered CCTV footage from the area to see if we can see anyone approaching or leaving the camera.
“Scenes of crime officers are also looking at the camera to try to find out exactly what happened but all we know so far is that some sort of explosive device was used.
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“It is likely to be someone who is just cheesed off with speed cameras but at this stage we just don’t know what happened.”
The attack came after officials in Swindon, Wilts, confirmed the number of motorists caught speeding has halved since they banned fixed cameras in the town.