Worksop: A speeding motorist is jailed after setting fire to speed camera which caught him

A Worksop man who set fire to a speed camera after he was caught speeding has been jailed for two years.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 23rd July 2014, 3:49 pm
Adrian Smith
Adrian Smith

Adrian Smith, 46, of Shireoaks Common, Shireoaks, Worksop, appeared at Lincoln Crown Court and has been jailed for the attack on the speed camera, which was situated on the A57 near to Dunham Bridge at Newton-on-Trent, on 23rd February 2014.

Smith had originally denied attacking the camera but he later admitted his part but he still insisted the camera had been attacked earlier by persons unknown.

He said the camera was partially damaged when he made the decision to attack it.

Smith had activated the camera the previous day and, fearing he would be banned from driving, set a burning tyre under the camera to destroy the film.

Then when police later visited Smith at his home and searched the property several cannabis plants were found growing in the cellar of the former public house in Worksop.

The judge, Sean Morris, stated that people who attack speed cameras in Lincolnshire will always receive a custodial sentence.

The speed cameras are situated in places where death and serious injury have occurred previously and are there to remind drivers of the correct speed and reduce casualty severity.

Smith clearly displayed this attack was about his license and showed total disregard for other road users.