VANDALS have struck under the cover of darkness to target a speed camera in Nuneaton spraying it in bright blue paint.
The safety device, located on Tuttle Hill, was damaged some time during Wednesday night and the early hours of yesterday morning.
As well as obscuring the camera's lens with paint, the offenders also daubed the words 'Took Out' down its metal stand.
Warwickshire Police was informed about the attack by a concerned member of the public early yesterday morning.
The force is currently waiting to send a technician to the scene to access the damage and ensure the camera is back to full working order as soon as is possible.
Warwickshire Police's camera enforcement unit manager Gary Hollis is appealing for any witnesses to come forward in a bid to trace the culprits. We were contacted on Thursday morning about the camera by a member of the public," he said.
"Someone has spray painted it blue and put a tag on it saying 'Took Out' on it.
"We are waiting to send a technician out to take a look at it and see how much damage it has done. The paint may just be simply wiped off or we may have to change the lens on it."
Warwickshire Police currently operates 30 fixed camera sites throughout the county alongside 60 mobile enforcement sites in a bid to catch out motorists flouting the speed limits on the region's roads.
While many are supportive of cameras as a measure or slowing drivers down, there are some who resent the method with a number of people contacting the Nuneaton News to celebrate the fact that the Tuttle Hill camera had been vandalism.
"We have just drove passed the camera and someone has spray painted it blue - that should put it out of action for a while," said one motorist, who didn't wish to be identified.