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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 22:39 
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cumbria/7677897.stm

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Static speed camera set on fire

An arson attack on a static speed camera is being investigated by police in Cumbria.

The camera, on the A590 near Witherslack, Grange-over-Sands, was set alight early on Wednesday, causing an estimated £3,000 damage.

Officers are keen to trace two men seen in the area a few hours earlier. One is described as heavy-set and wearing a grey top.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cumbria Police.


Damn - I forgot to phone the fire brigade when I got to work!! :P Couldn't use the mobile while I was driving!
And before you join several friends and members of my family - no - I don't own a grey top - and if I did it would be in the wash! :D

Only £3,000 of damage? Must have been amateurs, and I guess they will soon be caught!
If they dont get caught but read this, I hope they contact me before they attempt to repeat the event, so I can make sure I have an alibi - when the Ings camera was vandalised, the owner of the Watermill Pub was quizzed!

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The camera, on the A590 near Witherslack, Grange-over-Sands, was set alight early on Wednesday, causing an estimated £3,000 damage.

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BUT these cameras COST £20,000 - OR SO WE ARE TOLD - how can this be replaced ,with damage ,and be expected to be accurart and reliable (given the fire damage ) unless it was totally replaced and INSPECTED - at a cost of more than £3000 - so who's telling porkies - Cumbria or HMG ???????---AS CILLA SAYS - THE DECISION IS YOURS .

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 23:27 
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Far be it from me to condone such wanton vandalism, but i must confess to a chuckle when I heard about this incident :lol:

It will be interesting to see how much Police resource is placed on this enquiry :roll:

Shame Callaghan has departed or we could have joked about his beard being singed :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 17:51 
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BUT these cameras COST £20,000 - OR SO WE ARE TOLD - how can this be replaced ,with damage ,and be expected to be accurart and reliable (given the fire damage ) unless it was totally replaced and INSPECTED - at a cost of more than £3000 - so who's telling porkies - Cumbria or HMG ???????---AS CILLA SAYS - THE DECISION IS YOURS .


Installation costs are probably the difference. Second time around they've not got to dig the hole, pour the concrete base, run the electric cables, put up the signs etc etc.

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More likely there was no camera in the box and the £3000 is just the "shell" replacement cost.

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Oh there was definitely a camera in the box!! :D

And YES, I was late for work that morning, but NO it wasn't me!!

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