Barnsley Vigilante Get Speed Camera Fine

Wed 15th Dec 2021

A disabled man from Barnsley has made British history after receiving a £400 fine after an incident in his mobility scooter and a road safety vehicle.

Sixty-three year old Jack Cureton got so fed up with the speed camera van parking on the pavement and blocking his view that he took the law into his own hands and began obstructing the van from snapping speeding drivers. The Yorkshire grandad even used an umbrella to block the view, but fell foul of the law when he was found guilty of obstructing a speed enforcement van by parking his mobility scooter behind the van and shouting obscenities at the Policing Support Officer inside.

According to The Highway Code, Mr Cureton may have a good point. Rule 244 states says: “You MUST NOT park partially or wholly on the pavement in London, and should not do so elsewhere unless signs permit it. 

“Parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs.”

Speaking to The Sun, Mr Cureton said: “There are no signs warning people like me that the pavement might be blocked and no signs allowing drivers to park on the footpath, and there is no dropped kerb at that location.

“I struggle to stand because I only have four toes left due to diabetes.

“The van is always parked up totally illegally blocking the pavement.

“So I have been blocking his view. I park my scooter behind him, or stand up using my sticks. One passer by gave me his umbrella to block the lens as well.”

Even though the van parks on a 30mph zone, it is never likely to catch Jack in his mobility scooter, which has a top speed of 8mph, though Mr Cureton may continue to get in trouble as he has promised to continue his campaign.

“I have had a lot of support for my actions because people are sick of it being one rule for us drivers and members of the public and another rule for the police,” he said.

“If I see it parked there again I will do the same again. It should not be blocking the pavement.”