Police appeal after arsonists target Halland speed camera

Halland speed camera fire. Photo by Nick Fontana. SUS-151026-115403001
Halland speed camera fire. Photo by Nick Fontana. SUS-151026-115403001
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Police are appealing for witnesses after the speed camera at Halland was deliberately destroyed by fire last night (Sunday, October 25).

The camera, on the A22 Eastbourne Road, was severely damaged after a tyre was set alight around it at about 10:30pm.

The burnt tyre used to start a fire at the Halland speed camera. Photo by Nick Fontana. SUS-151026-115416001

The burnt tyre used to start a fire at the Halland speed camera. Photo by Nick Fontana. SUS-151026-115416001

Firefighters from Uckfield attended the scene and used one hose reel jet and a CO extinguisher to put out the flames.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service confirmed the cause of the fire was deliberate.

A spokesperson from Sussex Police said: “A speed camera was destroyed when a tyre was set alight around it on Sunday night (October 25).

“The camera, on the A22 Eastbourne Road at Halland, was targeted around 10.30pm. Firefighters dealt with the fire, but it was isolated to the unit and did not pose a risk to the neighbouring area.

“Anyone with information about the incident or who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area around the time is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting serial 1467 of 25/10.”

An East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson added: “East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called to reports of a fire on the A22 at Halland yesterday.

“One appliance from Uckfield was mobilised to the incident at 22:32 on October 25.

“On arrival, it was confirmed that one speed camera was alight and crews used one hose reel jet and a CO extinguisher to put out the fire.

“The cause has been confirmed as deliberate.”

The speed camera in Halland has previously been named among the top ten in the country for catching out drivers breaking the limit.

The Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, which owns and operates the camera, said despite it detecting a staggering 17,882 drivers breaking the 30mph limit between 2010 and 2012, this was only 0.24 per cent of about 2.517 million vehicles using the busy road in those three years.

In 2013-14, the camera snapped 8,430 speeding motorists - the equivalent to around £2.3 million in fines.

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