The police are investigating after a video of an angry man accosting a speed camera operator has gone viral.
Grant Pain saw a police van parked on the main road in Maerdy, Rhondda containing a man who was not a police officer. Mr Pain filmed his conversation with the man, claiming he was “impersonating a police officer:”
“You are in a police vehicle and because you are in a police vehicle, I’m allowed to film you. You should not be impersonating a police officer in a police vehicle. You are not a police officer. Are you a police officer, sir? If you are not a police officer, in a police van, then you should not be impersonating a police officer in a police vehicle. You admitted to me you are not a police officer, so therefore how are you are in a police vehicle? Can you explain that to me?”
The man shielded his face from the camera and requested police back-up. Mr Pain was surprised when he received a visit from two Police Officers late at his home; he filmed that too, including the police officer’s foot in his door and his accusations that the police officers are trespassing. He posted the video of both conversations to his Facebook page and the film now has over 64,000 shares.
In response to Mr Pain’s claims, Chief Inspector Martyn Stone of the South Wales Police said: “Mobile speed camera units are staffed by police employed personnel and there is no requirement for camera operators to be police officers. The staff employed for this purpose are fully trained in the equipment they use, however they are not accustomed to dealing with confrontational situations and the operative in this instance clearly felt uncomfortable with the situation he was facing. Police officers later attended the house to make further enquiries.” Chief Inspector Stone went on to say that their enquiries are “ongoing.”