Zero tolerance to threatening behaviour and violence

Everyone plays their part in keeping the people of South Yorkshire safe and police officers and staff deserve to go to work without the fear or threat of violence and abuse.

Officers from our Operations Support Unit are reminding people that we have a zero tolerance approach to people abusing staff and that robust action will be taken, after a safety camera enforcement officer was threatened in Sheffield.

At 11:33am on Tuesday 11 June, officers were called to reports of threatening behaviour on Chapletown Road in Sheffield.

At the scene, officers detained a 31-year-old man who is reported to have verbally threatened the camera van operative and caused damage by violently shaking the van.

It is believed that the man attacked the van after he had become angry about the lack of signage, advertising that there would be a speed camera ahead.

Together with South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership safety camera vans are placed across our areas following concerns raised from communities. All safety camera van locations are advertised prior to the date via the safety camera website-

The camera van on Chapletown Road had been placed close to the local school after the public expressed their worry that drivers were exceeding the 30mph speed limit.

Safety Camera Manager Scott Dernie explains how the law does not require drivers to be warned about the presence of speed cameras.

He said: “Drivers sometimes think that a speeding offence is not valid if the route does not have any safety camera warning signs, or if they do not see the enforcement vehicle or officer. This is not the case.

“The only requirement in law, for a speeding offence to be valid is that the speed limit of the road must be properly signed.”

A 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempting to cause criminal damage and a public order offence. The man has been released under investigation and the Road Policing Group officers are supporting the victim.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident. If you can help with their investigation please call 101 quoting incident number 262 of 11 June.

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