Police fear serious accidents could increase on a Hampshire Road after a speed camera worth £40,000 was stolen.

A disc cutter appears to have been used to remove the camera from the A36 near Romsey.

Hampshire Police’s Road safety team have raised concerns that he criminal damage could increase speed collisions.

Figures show that in the three years before the camera was installed in December 2003, there were five fatal or serious accidents and a further 22 collisions involving minor injuries.  Hampshire Police said the cameras presence had helped reduce injuries by almost 60%.

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