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No hiding place from Suffolk cameras

PUBLISHED: 15:19 11 August 2001 | UPDATED: 15:16 03 March 2010

SUFFOLK Police confirmed today that its speed cameras were equipped with film as usual after it was revealed that the Norfolk's cameras had been without film for months.

SUFFOLK Police confirmed today that its speed cameras were equipped with film as usual after it was revealed that the Norfolk's cameras had been without film for months.

Norfolk Police conceded there had been no film in any of its speed cameras for the past eight months because the officers responsible for the cameras had been re-assigned to frontline duties such as policing rural areas.

However, a police spokesman from Norfolk said they were nevertheless keen to reduce the number of collisions and insisted the force was still employing measures to catch speeding cars.

Filming could resume if a partnership bid to launch a scheme which would allow civilians to be

responsible for the cameras is successful, the spokesman said.

There are seven permanent grey box roadside

camera sites and six attached to traffic lights in the county – two of which belong to Norfolk Police.

A camera has to be fitted inside these devices, before they can capture speeding drivers.

Bryan Edwards, public relations manager for the casualty reduction partnership, said: "Police officers were looking after the cameras which were quite labour intensive. They have been reassigned to

frontline duties like rural policing."

Mr Edwards said that police officers were still using hand-held speed detection cameras in the area.

He said that it was important to focus on reducing the number of collisions.

Jonathan Simpson, from the RAC Foundation, said: "Speed cameras have a definite role outside schools and at accident blackspots.

"At the moment, the whole situation is turning into farce."

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