Driver caught waving speed camera warning sign in village near Earls Barton claimed it was "exercise"

He was reported for breaching Covid-19 regulations

A driver who hurled abuse at a speed camera van in Ecton waved a homemade sign warning others of its presence - before telling police he was out exercising when challenged.

Yesterday (Thursday) at about 11am police were monitoring speed on the A4500 near The World's End pub when a 30-year-old Northampton man stopped to shout abuse and swear at them.

He then drove down the road in his black Ford Fiesta and took out a sign that said 'speed camera!' in spray paint, waving it in the air to warn other motorists of its presence.

And when police came out to speak to him he claimed he was getting his daily dose of exercise.

On social media PC Dave Lee from the Safer Roads Team said: "Male who drove by the enforcement van shouting and swearing abuse is further down the road waving this sign about.

"As I’m in an unmarked car he showed me as well, not realising who I was. Apparently he is out exercising."

A police spokesman said the man was reported for breaching the Covid-19 regulations.

The speed camera sign. Credit: PC Lee

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The driver's vehicle was seized. Credit: PC Lee

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