The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) have appealed for witnesses after the windows of a Road Safety Partnership speed enforcement van were smashed by a man on Wednesday afternoon.
The van was parked on North Road in Carrickfergus when a male approached it and began smashing the vehicle with a baseball bat.
Two side windows and a rear window were smashed, as well as the windscreen.
The van’s operator was not injured during the attack, and the male suspect left the scene before the arrival of emergency response units.
The suspect is described as wearing a grey and black hooded top with his hood up and wearing a black mask.
Inspector Rosie Leech from PSNI Roads Policing Unit said:
“It is outrageous to see an incident like this. These vans are deployed to ensure the safety of all road users by deterring motorists from driving at excessive speed which is a major factor in a large percentage of road traffic collisions.
“It is shocking that incidents like this are happening at a time when communities should be playing their part in supporting our health service by keeping each other safe.
“I am receiving too many reports of incidents occurring where verbal abuse is directed towards camera operators or attempts being made to impede them in their work and this must stop. Anyone involved in this type of activity can expect to be dealt with by police and all subsequent consequences thereafter.
“Enquiries are continuing and officers are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time, or who may have dashcam footage or any other information to contact police on 101 quoting reference 880- 19/05/21.”