£100k bill for damaged speed cameras in Wigan

Vandalised speed cameras in Wigan will cost £100,000 to replace, according to a regional transport boss.

Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM) head of highways, Peter Boulton, was speaking after another act of criminal damage against newly installed safety cameras around the town.

In the most recent incident in Whelley, a camera pole was maliciously severed, causing it to fall onto the carriageway and posing an additional hazard for motorists.

Prior instances of criminal damage targeted cameras on Wallgate, Spring Road in Orrell, and Warrington Road.

The act in Orrell was captured by a local CCTV camera, while the incident on Warrington Road was witnessed by onlookers who reported that two men were involved, utilising an angle grinder.

Following the events, a 67-year-old man was apprehended on suspicion of criminal damage and has been released on bail pending further investigations.

To prevent further criminal activities, security measures are being intensified, with the current expenses already surpassing six figures.

Mr Boulton said: “We strongly condemn the irresponsible actions of those who have vandalised four spot speed safety cameras which have recently been upgraded in Wigan.

“It is beyond reckless for these people to vandalise these spot speed safety cameras, and I would urge them to consider the potential consequences of there being one less camera on our roads and how they would feel if the next person killed by someone speeding is a friend, relative or loved one

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