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British drivers assault highway spy cameras

LONDON, U.K. - In recent months, British four-wheelers have attacked four surveillance cameras on a 25-kilometre stretch of highway in Gloucestershire, in western England.In three of the four cases re...


LONDON, U.K. – In recent months, British four-wheelers have attacked four surveillance cameras on a 25-kilometre stretch of highway in Gloucestershire, in western England.

In three of the four cases reported, vehicles rammed the safety monitors.

In the fourth incident, someone used a rope or chain to bend the support pole.

Damage is estimated at about $90,000.

“There can be no doubt that these cameras were deliberately wrecked so we are probably looking for motorists who regularly use this stretch of road and have had enough,” a police spokesman said.

Two years ago, it was estimated Britain had more surveillance cameras per capita than anywhere else in the world.

More than one million of the devices were installed in city centres and stores.

Their extension to the open road and the countryside is upsetting motorists and motoring organizations, who call their use simply a cash grab.

Recently, the government announced a plan to install 6,000 more road safety cameras, bringing the total number in use in Britain to 9,000.

If the terrorist attacks in the U.S. on Sept. 11 are any indication, it would seem that more cameras will likely be installed soon. n


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