Arson attack on a speed camera in Merrow

Profile image for mattcollison

By mattcollison | Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 14:48

A SPEED camera was destroyed during an arson attack in Merrow earlier this month.

Witnesses in Epsom Road reported seeing a vehicle smash into the speed camera around 2am on Saturday December 1

A man, believed to be in his late thirties, got out of the car and tied a rope around the device and used the vehicle to pull it to the ground before using an accelerant to set the camera alight.

Following the incident officers are reviewing local CCTV footage and Scene of Crime Officers (SOCO) have forensically examined the camera and surrounding area.

The vehicle is described as a black Landrover Defender.

Detective constable Andy Greaves, who is leading the investigation, said: "This was a serious incident where an expensive speed camera has been destroyed because of the irresponsible actions of one man.

"I cannot stress enough just how dangerous the actions of this individual were. They put their own safety and the safety of innocent members of the public in the area at risk and someone could easily have been seriously injured.

"The camera is in place to help maintain the safety of road users in the area and for someone to take such extreme action cannot, and will not, be tolerated by Surrey Police.

"I am appealing for help from the public to trace the driver of the vehicle. I believe there is a strong possibility that the offender may be local to the area and I need the assistance of residents to track him down.

"The vehicle used by the suspect is quite distinctive and there is a chance that the offender may have sustained burn injuries to his hands during the incident.

"The offence took place in a busy area and I feel certain that, given the late hour when the arson took place, members of the public would have seen or heard something out of the ordinary."

Anyone who witnessed the incident or with any further information should call Surrey Police on 101, quoting reference GD/12/10755, or call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

      

Comments

       
max 4000 characters
        
   

Latest Stories in Guildford

       
      

Local Vouchers

       
  • CHRISTMAS VOUCHERS IN STOCK NOW!

    David Fuller Menswear

    Come into the store to get Christmas vouchers. Presents for him!!

    Contact: 01372454710

    Valid until: Wednesday, December 24 2014

     
  • CCTV INSTALLATION OFFER

    Buchanan & Curwen Ltd

    • 4 Channel Network Video Recorder
    • 1TB of Hard Disc providing 30 days of recording
    • USB ports for evidence removal
    • 2 x 3MP High Definition external fixed lens IP cameras
    • 30m Infra- Red capability for night time viewing
    • 17” LED wide screen monitor
    • Smart phone compatible (android and IOS)
    • Connection to Local Area Network
    • Maintenance contract included within the 1st year
    Supply and installation £1,099 + vat

    Contact: 01372373481

    Valid until: Friday, November 20 2015

     
   

Search for...

       
        
Min price is bigger than Max price
        
Min price is bigger than Max price
        
Min rent is bigger than Max rent