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Speed camera on Old Windsor fatal crash road vandalised

A speed camera on a road in Berkshire, where an elderly man was killed in a crash six weeks ago, has been damaged in an arson attack.

Tyres were placed around the base of the camera pillar in Straight Road, in Old Windsor and set alight at about 0100 BST on Sunday.

There have been 10 crashes in which people have been hurt along this road in the past three years.

On 26 March an 89-year-old car driver was killed in a crash with a van.

After the accident, the Old Windsor Parish Council and local residents agreed to reduce the speed limit from 40mph to 30mph and put up extra traffic lights. The speed camera was already in place.

'Inexcusable behaviour'

A spokesperson for Thames Valley Safer Roads Partnership said: "The vandalism of safety cameras is inexcusable behaviour carried out by people with a complete disregard for both public safety and property.

"This incident shows that there are those who care nothing for the community and are willing to compromise the safety of the public by damaging equipment that is there to provide protection for all road users.

"In the last three years there have been 10 crashes in which people have been injured along this stretch; including the most recent event where someone died.

"The camera is there to help keep speeds down and improve safety for local residents.

"If anyone does have information about who set fire to the camera we would urge them to speak to the police."



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