A man has been fined after deliberately damaging a camera safety (speed) van.
27-year-old Daniel Ashford, of Greenlea, Elwick Village, Hartlepool, has been convicted of public order, criminal damage, no insurance and obstructing a designated person at Teesside Magistrates Court.
The court heard how on the 7th September this year, Ashford attached a Cleveland Police Camera Safety Van on Easington Road in Hartlepool at around 12:20 pm.
Ashford was driving around recklessly on a quad bike with his face covered to try and hide his identity.
He rode towards the safety van and obstructed the operator by slamming the van doors shut.
He then stood in front of the camera so that it was unable to detect the speed of other motorists.
Ashford then became verbally abusive towards the camera operator before continuing to ride recklessly on his quad bike.
A Cleveland Police spokesperson said:
“Extensive enquiries led by the Motorcycle Section resulted in the identification of Daniel Ashford, who had tried to conceal his face from the camera.
“The outcome today sends a strong message to anyone who feels it is acceptable to intimidate and cause distress to camera operators and obstruct them in their duties.
“This will not be tolerated, and Daniel Ashford has now been convicted and fined a total of £633 with additional costs of £50 compensation, £63 surcharge and £85 court costs.
“His driving licence was also endorsed with six penalty points.
“Let this stand as a warning to anyone else who thinks this type of behaviour is acceptable.”
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