Arsonist destroys speed camera

PUBLISHED: 16:57 14 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:12 06 May 2010

The speed camera before the arson attack

The speed camera before the arson attack

A SPEED camera was destroyed when it was set on fire in the early hours of this morning (Monday) in a suspected arson attack. Firefighters were called to the incident along the B653 Lower Luton Road near Batford in Harpenden at around 1am along with polic

A SPEED camera was destroyed when it was set on fire in the early hours of this morning (Monday) in a suspected arson attack.

Firefighters were called to the incident along the B653 Lower Luton Road near Batford in Harpenden at around 1am along with police and highways officials.

The incident is now being investigated by the police.

The speed camera which went up in flames was recently found to have been operating illegally for more than a year.

Around 3,500 drivers who received fines as a result of being snapped by the camera between August 19, 2004, and August 25, 2005, were to be refunded and have their penalty points removed.

Although the stretch of road is signposted as a 30mph limit, the street lighting was not in line with Government legislation which makes speed cameras legal without seeking a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO).

The TRO was obtained by Herts County Council in February 2006 and all penalties since then are legitimate.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact the Pc Ian Clements on 0845 3300 222.

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