Gatso ‘Terrorists’ target Eastleigh


It has been reported in the Daily Echo that a ‘Gatso’ style speed camera, worth £40,000 and sited on the B3037 Bishopstoke Rd was destroyed by an ‘explosion’ at about 2.30 am.

It is unclear as to whether this was as a result of indivduals acting alone or as part of a wider campaign.

This August, two speed cameras in Verwood near Ringwood were torched within a week after they had issued 151 speeding tickets in 3 days.

Since 2002, a group calling themselves ‘Motorists against Detection’ ( MAD ) have claimed resonsibility for the destruction of over 700 speed cameras nationally – either through arson or explosives – at a total cost to the taxpayer of £28 million.

This led to the group being labelled as ‘Terrorists’ by the recently retired Chief Constable of North Wales Richard Brunstrom.

“We’ve had things that are effectively terrorist devices, bombs, planted in speed cameras” he told the BBC

“These are people who as far as I can see would prefer to be allowed to drive dangerously and kill their fellow citizens, or my wife and children, or your family standing next to a bus stop, than pay a fixed penalty ticket for speeding”

In 2006 a Doncaster railway worker, Craig Moore (28) was jailed for 4 months after blowing up a speed camera using Thermite – a pyrotechnic substance used for trackside repairs.

However, despite the obvious danger and cost to the taxpayer a recent survey by sat nav company ‘Road Angel’ found 16% of respondents supported the destruction of speed cameras by Gatso ‘vigilantes’.

Speed camera vandalism is not confined to the UK either. Speed cameras also regularly come under attack in France and the USA.

In 2005 a Swiss man was fined the equivalent of £17,000 after destroying a Gatso with a pick axe.


  4 comments for “Gatso ‘Terrorists’ target Eastleigh

  1. Eastleigh Express
    January 5, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Since publishing this story I have been forwarded an email from an experienced Shotgun user who wishes to remain anonymous.

    He says that in his opinion, the photograph published in the Echo show the damage as consistent with the camera having been blasted at close range with a heavy gauge shotgun – possibly a 12 bore.

    The Camera case has been dented inwards and he believes he can see the impact pitting of up to 10 pieces of shot.

  2. P.Wyatt
    January 22, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Eastleigh Express. It was no shotgun that done this damage. But some sort off explosives. A shotgun even at close range would not off lifted the dip lid, The way that it did, And letting a shotgun off at this close range, would off resulted in the user having to go to hospital to have shot removed out off his/her body, Then if you see the pits on the camera box, They was to far apart and would off done very little damage when you take into account the gage of the steel that is used, And would off only left pits and not a dent. Part off what I said came off the Echo web site.
    Plus the lens to the camera landed about 200 yards away.

  3. January 22, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Its interesting that all but two pictures show the same ‘MO’ for killing these cameras. The ‘Tyre Ring of Fire’ as used on victims in South Africa.

    I would give details of how it is done but to do so would be an offence under current UK law.

  4. Admin
    January 22, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    As well as being illegal, it should be mentioned that all the possible methods discussed carry a signifcant risk of injury to the perpetrators.

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