A MAN has been arrested after a video surfaced online showing a male using what appears to be an angle grinder to cut down a lamppost - less than 12 hours after it was put up.

The video shows a male using the power tool to cut down the lamppost, which also had surveillance cameras fitted to it, in Broadstone Way, Holme Wood.

The incident happened at around 10.20pm on Wednesday night outside Holme Wood Library.

In the video, the male can be seen using the power tool to cut around the metal post around a metre up from its base as traffic passes by in the road.

The lamppost then falls into the road, with the lamp smashing on the floor, before the male walks off up Broadstone Way.


Councillor Alan Wainwright (Labour, Tong) said he is "absolutely appalled" by the incident.

He said: "I have spoken to police and I am demanding these people are brought to book.

"The CCTV was put up at lunchtime yesterday, and in fact when the workmen were putting the cameras up they were threatened by a young lad and the police were involved then. Police have been involved from it being erected to it being chopped down.

"The cameras were put up in case of any incidents to try and catch whoever was involved on film.

"This is a serious incident, the police need to catch the people involved and the bystanders who watched it and make sure they get the appropriate action.

"I am insisting this, people cannot just come along and do things like that, there must be consequences and this sort of behaviour cannot continue.

"This sort of behaviour is happening right across Bradford South at the moment, there are problems all over the area with youths."

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: " Police were called around 10.25pm on Thursday, March 28, to Broadstone Way in the Holme Wood area of Bradford following a report that CCTV camera had been damaged.

"On arrival, it was found that a recently erected CCTV camera had been cut down.

"Enquiries into the incident and to trace those responsible are very much ongoing."

A later statement, released on Twitter, read: "Police have arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with an incident in Holme Wood last night where a CCTV camera was cut down. He remains in custody while enquiries continue."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police via 101 quoting crime reference number 13180147453, or contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.