Moment anti-ULEZ 'Blade Runner' destroys camera in war against Sadiq Khan's low-emission monitors | The Sun

THIS is the moment an anti-ULEZ "Blade Runner" destroys number-plate recognition cameras in an act of vigilante war.

The shadowy figure used a homemade contraption to sever the wires providing power to the cameras, which enforce the £12.50 daily charge in London.

In a clip uploaded to Facebook the man, dressed all in black, can be seen using his unique gadget as people enjoy a drink at a table just feet away.

It appears to be some kind of cutting tool, similar to a large pair of scissors, placed on top of a stick to allow it to reach the cameras, which sit atop a traffic light pole.

A thin cord allows the man to operate the shears from below, destroying the camera in an instant.

Shocked bystanders look on in amazement, while the person filming the clip can be heard chuckling at the bizarre scene.


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Social media commenters were left divided by the man's actions.

One called it a "blatant act of vandalism", but others leapt to his defence, dubbing him a "hero".

The controversial policy, which charges vehicles that do not meet certain emissions standards to enter the North and South circular roads, has seen a backlash from Londoners.

A signature policy of mayor Sadiq Khan, the planned expansion of the charging zone to the entire Greater London area was a key point of debate in the recent Uxbridge and South Ruislip byelection.

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One organisation, dubbed the Blade Runners, has started a campaign of sabotage against the tech that enforces the scheme and hands out fines of up to £180 for non-compliance.

Members of the group have been pictured in balaclavas posing with wrecked cameras, which they slam as "spies".

In April, The Sun gave an inside look into the Blade Runners as they took to snatching the devices from across London.

It comes after Mr Khan was given the green light to expand the scheme on August 29, despite a High Court challenge and pressure from his own party.

Meanwhile, The Sun on Sunday exclusively revealed that drivers would be hit with £100 million of charges every day if similar levies were rolled out nationally.

Labour had previously listed support for ULEZ-style Clean Air Zones in major cities in a draft policy handbook set to be debated by the party's National Policy Forum.

That was scrapped at the forum just days after the Uxbridge byelection, according to the Telegraph.

The Sun's Give Us A Break campaign, which has been backed by thirty top politicians, is demanding that no other area introduce ULEZ as drivers struggle with high fuel prices and a cost of living crisis.

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