A man from Bradford has been fined after admitting to a public order offence against a Safety Camera van operator.

The incident took place on Bolton Road on August 16th when the man deliberately obstructed the safety camera van with his vehicle and proceeded to verbally abuse the operator.

The accused, identified as 24-year-old Hamzah Mahmood of Queens Road, was swiftly arrested and charged with a public order offence causing harassment, alarm or distress, as well as using threatening, abusive, or insulting words or behaviour. Yesterday, at Bradford Magistrates Court, Mahmood was handed a fine totalling £587.

Paul Jeffrey, Head of West Yorkshire Police’s Prosecutions and Casualty Prevention Unit, expressed his concerns about such incidents.

He highlighted the importance of the police’s role in enforcing speed limits on behalf of the Safety Camera Partnership, with the primary goal of preventing fatalities and severe injuries on the road network.

“Our safety camera enforcement officers are dedicated to safeguarding lives and preventing serious injuries caused by excessive speeding,” stated Jeffrey. He strongly emphasized that threats and abuse directed towards these officers, who work tirelessly to ensure community safety, will not be tolerated. Such incidents will be thoroughly investigated, and whenever possible, offenders will face prosecution.