Idiot yob swearing at CCTV camera becomes laughing stock after accidentally walking into lamppost
Hilarious moment captured on 24-second CCTV clip released by
West Midlands Police
16:49 GMT, 28 November 2012
A rude yob was left a little red-faced after making obscene hand gestures at a CCTV camera – and then walking straight into a lamppost.
The teen, wearing a hoodie pulled down over his face, started signing the insults after he spotted a town CCTV camera tracking him.
But while his focus is fixed on swearing at the camera, he fails to notice the lamp-post in his path, and walks straight into it.
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Caught on camera: A hoodie-wearing lout spots a CCTV camera trailing him and makes an obscene gesture
Oblivious: The teen is so transfixed on swearing at the camera he fails to notice the approaching lamppost on a street in Dudley, West Midlands
Bang: The yob smashes straight into the lamppost as his friend continues walking
This 24-second clip released by
West Midlands Police shows the moment the teen slams into the post before he
sheepishly tries to recover himself with another hand gesture at the camera.
The CCTV camera is one of several in Dudley, West Midlands, used to watch out for anti-social behaviour or criminal activity.
Local neighbourhood police Sergeant Rob Simpson said: 'I guess you could call it swift divine intervention.
'Camera operators are here with the sole aim of keeping our communities safe and monitoring suspicious behaviour – they don’t deserve abuse.
'We have 177 CCTV cameras across the borough of Dudley; many, like this one, are in High Streets, but others cover residential areas, parks, subways and car-parks.
'They are all overt, none are hidden, but at the same time they are not intrusive – the vast, vast majority of people go about their daily business oblivious of the cameras.
Stunned: The yob is left momentarily stunned while his unconcerned friend leaves him behind
Back on form: The youth quickly recovers from his mishap and continues to swear at the camera
'It’s only people who are concerned about their behaviour or up to no good that seem to be conscious of them.'
Police have put down a 10 per cent crime reduction in Dudley down to the increased use of CCTV cameras.
Gillian Davenport, Partnerships Inspector at Dudley Police, added: 'I’m in no doubt CCTV cameras are making a significant contribution towards reducing crime and anti-social behaviour in Dudley.
'The CCTV hub in Sedgley is operated by the local council with camera operators continually in touch with police control centres and officers on the ground; it’s a great example of all partners working together to make our communities safer.'
Councillor Judy Foster, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: 'We work closely with the police in a number of ways including through our CCTV control room which monitors activity and images across the borough.
'The best way to tackle crime is by working together through Safe and Sound, Dudley's Community Safety Partnership, and we work hard to make the borough a safe place to live, work and visit. Through the CCTV cameras we are able to not only help prevent crime but bring criminals to justice.'
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