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Homeowner installs his own FAKE speed camera built from wood and drainpipe

A homeowner installed a fake speed camera outside his house only for it to be torn down in the dead of night just one day after it appeared. 

The fake camera, made from wood, looked like a GATSO speed camera and had been affixed on to a fence post with a cable tie. 

It appeared on Saturday on New Road in Bedhampton, Havant in Hampshire in a 30mph zone. 

But it had disappeared this morning according to a post on a local Facebook group which showed pictures of the drain pipe with nothing affixed to the top of it. 

A homeowner installed a fake speed camera outside his house only for it to be torn down in the dead of night just one day after it appeared

The fake camera, made from wood, looked like a GATSO speed camera and had been affixed on to a fence post with a cable tie

It appeared on Saturday on New Road in Bedhampton, Havant in Hampshire in a 30mph zone. But it had disappeared this morning according to a post on a local Facebook group which showed pictures of the drain pipe with nothing affixed to the top of it

Alexander Booth wrote: 'The speed camera box is now missing, disappeared in the night, with broken bits on the pavement. I guess people love going 45mph.' 

The fake camera stood on private land in a small car park area shared by several houses. 

Its design was very similar to a genuine one, but on close inspection, you could see it had been made of wood and fixed in place with a bracket onto a fence post and a cable tie. 

Sealant had been used and painted - making it look like it had been welded - and plastic drain pipe was also used. 

 The fake camera stood on private land in a small car park area shared by several houses

Its design was very similar to a genuine one, but on close inspection, you could see it had been made of wood and fixed in place with a bracket onto a fence post and a cable tie

The bushes had also been cut back, so the fake camera would be more visible to oncoming vehicles.

Many people stopped their cars to get out and have a look as the word quickly spread on social media that a new speed camera had appeared on the road. 

While it is not illegal for someone to install a fake speed camera on their land, doing so can still put them at risk of civil action if someone claims to be distracted by it.

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