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Locals have mixed feelings about the ULEZ vandals (Image: SWNS)
Anti-ULEZ vigilantes have attacked one of Sadiq Khan’s road cameras in dramatic fashion, leaving mixed feelings among locals.
The vandals completely cut in half a set of traffic lights in Dartford, which were discovered by a motorist this morning.
The driver, who doesn’t want to be named, says they were on the school run when they spotted the broken post with wires hanging out at the crossing on Crayford Way.
A red sticker was left on the severed post reading “ULEZ spy camera” with an arrow pointing upwards.
The extensive damage has divided people online, including anti-ULEZ supporters, with some seeing it as a risk to pedestrians who need to use the crossing.
Some welcomed the news, with positive comments including: “Beautiful”, “Oh dear, how sad, never mind”, and “Bravo”.
Other comments were not so encouraging of the action. One person wrote: “Stop cutting down traffic lights. Just cut the camera.”
Another said: “All this is great but in the long run it’s us who will have to pay for replacements.”
Another added: “Why not just cut the camera off instead of the whole pole. Traffic lights and pedestrian crossing lights still needed!
“Now that’s just stupid ..get the camera..yes . But traffic lights at a crossing ffs ..kids and the old use that for safety.”
A TfL spokesperson said: “Vandalism is unacceptable and all incidents on our network are reported to the police for investigation.
“Criminal damage to ULEZ cameras or vehicles puts the perpetrators at risk of prosecution and injury, while simultaneously risking the safety of the public.
“Camera vandalism will not stop the ULEZ operating London-wide. All vandalised cameras are repaired or replaced as soon as possible.
“We have an extensive camera network which is sufficient to support the effective operation of the scheme. Anyone driving a non-compliant vehicle within the expanded zone will be detected and we advise everyone to check whether their vehicle is compliant and to consider the various support that is available to help transition to greener modes of transport.”
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