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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 July, 2004, 07:13 GMT 08:13 UK
Thief steals 34,000 speed camera
A motorist caught speeding is believed to be responsible for stealing a speed camera to avoid prosecution.

Police were called after a member of the public noticed the door on the camera, situated near Longcot, Faringdon, Oxfordshire, was open.

Officers say the camera and flash - which will cost over 42,000 to replace - were stolen sometime between Thursday 1 July, and Sunday, 4 July.

Police said the driver would have had to stand on a car to reach the camera.

Pc Simon Jenkin told BBC News Online: "This is a very quiet area, with very little crime, so I'd describe this as a significant crime.

"Due to the height of the camera we suspect the thief would have had to stand on a car or pick-up in order to reach it.

"It's likely someone would have seen this and we'd appeal for any witnesses to come forward."

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