POLICE are investigating after a speed camera was set on fire.

Drivers on the A177 in Thorpe Thewles, near Stockton, called the emergency services at 7.45pm.

A tyre had been placed around the speed camera and set alight.

Passer-by Peter Troy of Sedgefield, said: "It is understandable that motorists feel anger about these things when they get penalty points, but this was blowing in the wind and pretty dangerous.

"I saw the burning tyre brush against one passing car."

The tyre then melted and fell to the ground, setting the verge on fire.

One fire crew from Stockton attended the scene to put out the blaze.

A spokesman for Cleveland Police confirmed they were investigating the incident.