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Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 April, 2004, 11:22 GMT 12:22 UK
Speed cameras leave bitter taste
Highway Robbery brewery
Dave Roberts has been stopped twice by speed cameras
A brewery boss is so angry about speed cameras that he has named one of his ales Highway Robbery in protest.

Dave Roberts, who has been caught twice by cameras, said the name was in reaction to what he dubbed "purely money-making gadgets".

The 38-year-old, who runs the Bedlington-based Northumberland Brewery, said the ale was already proving a hit with drinkers.

It is now being sold across the North East, Scotland and the North West.

The pump crest shows a speed camera dressed up as a highway robber, which Mr Roberts feels sums up the idea.

He said: "Stagecoaches used to run from York to Edinburgh and highwaymen would rob them.

Camera van

"Now you can get robbed and not even know about it until the letter comes through the post for 60.

"Both myself and my delivery driver have been caught and while I agree with speed cameras in built-up areas, it's when they put them in places where traffic runs normally that I get annoyed.

"The vans are the main concern as people tend to slam the brakes on whenever they see a white van parked up and most of the time it is not even a camera van.

"People are really supportive of this beer and it's selling out.

"We are brewing it week in and week out and it's going really well."

Ray King, project manager for the Northumbria Safety Camera Partnership, denied cameras were there to make money out of unsuspecting drivers.

Accident statistics

He said: "We don't want to catch people out, we want to slow them down.

"The money goes to central government and we can only reclaim what is spent on camera enforcement and training and education initiatives.

"No money can be spent by the police and local authorities on anything other than that."

He added that the siting of fixed cameras was determined by accident statistics over the years.

"Fixed cameras can only be sited where there has been at least four collisions in the past three years which have resulted in fatalities or serious injuries."





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