The Met records 795 crimes involving damaged or stolen ULEZ cameras

The Metropolitan Police announced that between April and September 2023 they recorded 795 crimes relating to vandalism toward new ULEZ cameras.

This includes 200 instances of cameras being stolen and 595 incidents of damage.

The figures come as part of an ongoing police investigation launched in May to combat acts of vandalism against the cameras.

A statement released accompanying the new figures reads: "The Met continues to treat criminal activity in relation to ULEZ seriously and has deployed considerable resources to our operation. 

"Where there are possible lines of enquiry, local investigators will follow up using a range of investigative approaches including CCTV trawls, witness searches and an assessment of forensic opportunities."

The Met added that police in south London had arrested a 52-year-old man in Bexley last Friday on suspicion of criminal damage, as a result of the ongoing ULEZ camera operation.

The man has since been bailed until 19 December pending further enquires.

Anti-ULEZ protesters were found to have daubed vans carrying the cameras with graffiti, therefore stopping transport chiefs identifying and fining vehicles not complying with the ultra low emission zone.

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan's controversial expansion of the zone has seen drivers of older, non-compliant vehicles across London charged £12.50 a day.

Tory mayoral candidate Susan Hall has tried to appeal Londoners on an explicitly anti-ULEZ ticket ahead of the 2024 election.

During a speech on Tuesday at the ongoing Conservative Party Conference, Ms Hall promised she would scrap the expansion of the zone.

Polling suggests Ms Hall is only narrowly behind Mr Khan, and Conservatives in City Hall are optimistic about their chances when the election comes in May.

The Met's investigation has also led to the arrest of two other individuals.

One was charged and bailed for trial to June 2024 and the other case discontinued by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

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