Is a speed camera arsonist on the loose in Swansea?
POLICE are said to be investigating following an attack on a speed camera in Pentregethin Road, Manselton, Swansea.
The blaze broke out at 12.21am yesterday.
It took the fire crew from Swansea Central five to 10 minutes to bring the blaze under control.
A fire service spokesman said: "It was believed to be a deliberate ignition.
"Swansea Central were on scene for five or 10 minutes and police are investigating."
Speed cameras have been sawn in half, pulled out of the ground, glued, smashed and driven into in previously incidents across Wales.
Between 2006 and 2011 a total of 13 speed cameras suffered fire damage.
It is believed angry motorists, who have been hit with fixed penalty fines for speeding, could have been behind the attacks on the speed cameras.
Go Safe, which manages the speed cameras Wales-wide, said on its website that the cameras first rolled out in the early 1990s were in place in a drive to curb speeds and casualties on the roads.
A Go Safe spokeswoman said: "Attacks on static cameras have been falling year on year since 2006, averaging approximately five a year pan-Wales since 2010. "Although this vandalism is rare, it is important to realise that camera sites are located in order to improve road safety at scenes of previous incidents or selected community concern sites (such as schools), and it takes time to make repairs following incidents like this. "Attacks such as this and subsequent repairs to cameras divert funds set aside for other road safety measures."
A police spokesman confirmed the blaze and added: "There was an incident at Pentregethin Road where a speed camera had been set alight at 12.21am yesterday."