Anthony Cull, 27 has installed a fake speed camera outside his home in Shrewton, Wiltshire after his pet cat was run over by a car. Mr Cull said that there have been a number of accidents on the 30mph road which has several bends and he wants the speed limit reduced to 20mph. Until then his ‘speed camera’ may well do the trick to avenge the death of Millie the cat.
The installation was made with part of a kitchen cupboard which was painted yellow and Anthony claims it has slowed traffic down dramatically. He said “My speed camera had a huge effect. Drivers slow down and slam on their brakes when they see it”. Unfortunately the camera was stolen a few days later but he intends to replace it with a metal one which he will weld into place.
The camera has been getting a lot of positive attention in his village; Anthony said “Someone in the village wrote on Facebook asking drivers to honk when they drove past if they supported me and we hear so many horns beeping”. He went on to say “People have stopped and knocked on my door to say ‘Well done’ and tell me they agree with me”.
The council seem to be against it though, with a spokesperson saying “The council has a robust system for dealing with speeding issues raised by local communities”. They went on to say “The council would ask everyone to follow the approved procedure to ensure the best scheme is delivered to meet the community needs”. Despite this one councillor conceded that the makeshift speed camera was ‘very effective’ and Ian West, a Liberal Democrat said: “We want action. That fake camera is action”.
Wiltshire police said it is not illegal to put up a fake speed camera. A spokesman said “You can put anything up on your property unless it’s distracting drivers and causing hazards. If Mr Cull had put it up on council land, it could become a civil issue for them”.
Date Published: August 8, 2014
Author: David Brown