Taxpayers cough up £500,000 to repair vandalised speed cameras

ACTS of vandalism against speed cameras in North Somerset have cost taxpayers up to £500,000 in just 12 months - according to official figures. From October 2005 to October 2006 eight fixed speed cameras in the area were attacked, four twice, and Avon and

ACTS of vandalism against speed cameras in North Somerset have cost taxpayers up to £500,000 in just 12 months - according to official figures.From October 2005 to October 2006 eight fixed speed cameras in the area were attacked, four twice, and Avon and Somerset Safety Camera Partnership says it costs up to £43,000 for each one to be repaired.Among the static cameras that have been attacked were ones on Herluin Way in Weston, outside Worle Community School, by Cleeve Nurseries, on the A370 to Congresbury, as well as in Backwell and Flax Bourton.In a number of cases a tyre was placed over the camera and then set alight. Money to maintain speed cameras comes from the Department of Transport.