Camera at new Preston bus gate in Corporation Street found battered and bent, but was it vandalised?

Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now
A surveillance camera next to Preston’s new bus gate has been seriously damaged - but was it an accident or sabotage?

The black, pole-mounted camera in Corporation Street was found bent and battered on Monday morning.

It’s not clear at this stage whether it was damaged accidentally in a collision or vandalised. Some have speculated whether it might be a disgruntled motorist unhappy with the new bus-only restrictions between Heatley Street and Marsh Lane, which came into force on May 21.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad
The damaged camera in Corporation Street, Preston where a new bus-only stretch of road is now in force, next to the junction with Heatley StreetThe damaged camera in Corporation Street, Preston where a new bus-only stretch of road is now in force, next to the junction with Heatley Street
The damaged camera in Corporation Street, Preston where a new bus-only stretch of road is now in force, next to the junction with Heatley Street | LEP

But if it was a deliberate attack, the vandal appears to have been misguided because this camera is not used to catch out drivers using the new bus-lane, despite a yellow traffic sign attached to the camera pole, warning drivers of bus lane enforcement.

The sign was simply fixed to the camera pole to warn drivers of the new restrictions - one of several such signs on approach to the bus gate.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad
The black, pole-mounted camera in Corporation Street was found bent and battered on Monday morning.The black, pole-mounted camera in Corporation Street was found bent and battered on Monday morning.
The black, pole-mounted camera in Corporation Street was found bent and battered on Monday morning. | LEP

In fact, this particular camera has been in place in Corporation Street for at least 15 years, with images on Google Maps dating back to 2009.

The bus gate’s ANPR cameras - in operation 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week - are located a few yards away.

Lancashire County Council has yet to start issuing fines, which will cost drivers £70. No date has been given for when the fines will begin.

For now, those caught using the bus-lane have been receiving warning notices in the post, as the Council continues to raise awareness of the new restrictions.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Lancashire County Council confirmed the damaged camera is not one of theirs and has nothing to do with the new bus gate.

Preston City Council said the camera is used for CCTV and will be replaced in the coming days.

A city council spokesperson said: “We have been liaising with the surveillance hub and there is a plan in place to replace the column on Corporation Street this week.

“It is our priority to ensure this is done safely as it has a power supply to the column.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

“The replacement has no link to the bus lane enforcement and is provided for the benefit of the community to keep the public safe.

“We don’t have information to identify how the damage occurred but believe that it may be accidental and ask the person responsible or anyone who witnessed the incident in which the column to come forward.”

Comment Guidelines

National World encourages reader discussion on our stories. User feedback, insights and back-and-forth exchanges add a rich layer of context to reporting. Please review our Community Guidelines before commenting.