ULEZ: Met Police investigating 96 allegations of criminal damage to cameras in London

One man has been charged with causing criminal damage, as the Met investigates allegations handed over by TfL.

The Met Police is investigating nearly 100 allegations of criminal damage to Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) cameras in London, the force has said.

One man, aged 42, has so far been charged with criminal damage and destruction of, or damage to, property, a Met spokesperson said.

A total of 96 allegations of criminal damage have been passed on to the force by Transport for London (TfL), they added, with a proactive operation now launched.

Det Supt Daniel Smith, whose officers are leading the investigation, said: “We have been proactively targeting those we suspect of causing or seeking to cause damage.

“We are carrying out a thorough investigation and this includes gathering CCTV, speaking to potential witnesses and following up active leads.

“We are also working with TfL to prevent further offences in the future.”

Some residents in outer London have voiced their fury over Sadiq Khan’s plans to expand the ULEZ on August .

Multiple protests have been held, and groups including businesses and charities have raised concerns about the £12.50-a-day clean-air scheme.

Mr Khan has however repeatedly stated the decision was not easy but “essential” to combat London’s toxic air, with a £110m scrappage scheme also launched to help support those transitioning to less-polluting vehicles.

Anyone with information on the damage being caused to ULEZ cameras is being asked to call the police on 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 4279/10MAY.

To remain anonymous, Crimestoppers can also be contacted on 0800 555 111.