Northants Bangers and Bullsh!t! and What Is A Blackspot? - Now Nationwide
bogush (Login bogush) Forum Owner Posted Feb 8, 2003 9:33 PM
Borrowed unit taken for blown-up camera
A NEW speed camera in Northampton has had to be moved to replace a unit which was blown up on one of the county’s most dangerous roads.
Explosives were used to destroy the camera on the A605 between Thrapston and Oundle and detectives have been investigating whether a gang of militant motorists might be to blame.
The protective metal covering from the new speed camera in Wellingborough Road, Northampton, has now been ferried up to the damaged unit in the north of the county.
The Northampton camera is now due to become operational next month.
Officers have been liasing with colleagues in Staffordshire, as it is believed the explosive device could have been similar to one placed on the side of a camera on a road near Gailey in November.
[Hmmmmmmmmmmmm that rings a bell]
Dc Alison Farr, of Kettering CID, said: “It’s a possibility others may be targeted, so if anyone sees people near a camera I would urge them to contact us.......
[Police men, film replacers...............?]
“Those who work for the safety camera team have to maintain these cameras and it is our fear that this device could have gone off when they were working on it.”
The A605 camera, which cost more than £50,000 to install, was ripped apart by the explosion in the early hours of Saturday.
Shards of metal debris were thrown 50ft across the road by the force of the detonation.
Experts from the police explosives ordnance disposal team were called to the site and have taken away the remains for forensic tests.
The A605 is considered among the most dangerous roads in the county, with 20 people killed or seriously injured since January 1999.
[Bit like the camera on the A43 at a blackspot which had 9 killed or seriously injured.
The fatality turned out to be a pedestrian walking on an unlit dual carriageway with her back to the traffic nearly a mile and a half away, the serious accident injury was a motorist nearly half a mile away, and all the accidents were at least several hundred yards from the camera, up to a mile away.]
Dc Farr said she was working with Staffordshire Police and was still looking at the possibility the incident in Northamptonshire could be linked to the vandalism of cameras across the nation.
Workmen spotted an object attached to a camera on the A5 in Staffordshire, which turned out to be a home-made device intended to cause fire damage to the camera.
[So that would be the one that I read about that was supposed to "detonate" a petrol filled tyre?!
So much for: ... blown up... Explosives were used to destroy..... explosive device....... ripped apart by the explosion....... Shards of metal debris were thrown 50ft....]
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