They’ve had an oeuf! Moment member of the public throws egg at ULEZ van – as ‘Blade Runners’ vow to dismantle eight out of 10 cameras amid backlash at Sadiq Khan’s hated scheme
A member of the public was caught on camera throwing an egg at a ULEZ van in London – as ‘Blade Runners’ today vowed to destroy eight out of ten cameras in four weeks amid backlash against Sadiq Khan’s hated scheme.
A livestreamer on Facebook filmed a member of the public jogging up to the white camera van in Northwood, Hillingdon, north west London, before he swung his arm to throw an egg at the windshield.
The alarm blared as the egger, who was wearing wearing a grey hoodie, sprinted away down Rickmansworth Road. The livestreamer exclaimed: ‘He’s just egged it! He’s just egged it! Man’s egged the van! He’s just egged it all over the windscreen people.’
This comes as anti-ULEZ ‘blade runners’ have said they will ramp up their action of wrecking cameras which use automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) to implement the ULEZ (Ultra Low Emissions Zone) charges.
‘Blade Runners’, who are opposed to Mr Khan’s flagship policy, have already attacked hundreds of cameras prompting the London Mayor to roll out vehicles to catch those flouting the rules.
They say they want to bring the expanded ULEZ scheme ‘to its knees’ and have a series of ‘exciting plans’ in place.
This is the moment a member of the public was caught on camera throwing an egg at a ULEZ van in London
A livestreamer on Facebook filmed a member of the public jogging up to the white camera van in Northwood, Hillingdon, north west London, before he swung his arm to throw an egg at the windshield
Anti-ULEZ ‘blade runners’ have vowed to destroy eight out of ten cameras being used to charge drivers in the next four weeks in an attempt to bring Sadiq Khan’s scheme ‘to its knees’
And they said they will not stop until it is scrapped – with an initial aim of targeting 80 per cent of cameras in the next month.
Around 250 Blade Runners are thought to be active across the capital. The group has seen more active participation since the zone was expanded on August 29, members previously claimed.
There are about 1,775 ULEZ cameras in London – meaning 1,420 are on the target list.
READ MORE: ‘Blade Runner’ vows they won’t stop destroying cameras until Sadiq Khan ends London’s hated ULEZ expansion
From last month, the £12.50-a-day charge started to apply to non-compliant vehicles across all London boroughs.
It has caused outrage in the suburbs, with Mr Khan’s Tory mayoral election rival Susan Hall promising to scrap it if she wins power.
One Blade Runner said: ‘The target is to get 80 per cent gone in four weeks. That’s the start.
‘There are thought to be around 250 people involved but there’s no official tally. The idea is people are attracted to this themselves. It’s not an official group or society.
‘It’s up to people if they want to take the direct action needed. Jail is on the table. It’s that serious.’
Another Blade Runner, talking anonymously, said: ‘We will not stop and will continue until it is removed and we have our freedom taken without imposed costs where we could travel before freely.
‘There is no organisation behind us. We are just average members of our communities. We’re motivated people working to keep Ulez out of local areas.
‘The people doing this are doing it for themselves and communities. We’re sick and tired of this taxation during a cost of living crisis. We’re struggling to make ends meet.
‘So many of us are struggling to pay rent, energy bills and feed our families. Paying to go to work makes the wages we’re earning impossible to live on and isn’t an option for the average person.’
A ULEZ camera in Ickenham, Hillingdon which was vandalised by being sprayed with expanding foam
London Mayor Sadiq Khan expanded the £12.50-a-day ULEZ charge for non-compliant vehicles across all London borough last month
A sticker across the lens of a ULEZ camera in Harefield in the London Borough of Hillingdon
The man said lack of any consultation around the scheme was a motivation for taking action.
He added: ‘Nobody voted for this. It was just imposed no matter what the opinion of the people was or the destruction it would cause.
‘We’re angry at seeing everyone struggle while Sadiq Khan is imposing policies which directly impact average Londoners.
‘We’re uniting as a greater community that will not be bullied by the government.’
Activists are mobilising across London to block mobile camera vans with signs.
They have been doing it across areas of south east London and north London.
Harry Jenkinson, 56, has been using protest signs to block a camera in Bexleyheath.
The builder said: ‘It’s a great idea. It’s very easy and simple. The people doing this get very frustrated by it. It’s the little man sticking up for himself.’
Another said: ‘Its genius. We will stop at nothing. This is people power at its best.’
The Met Police has been approached for comment regarding the incident in Northwood.
TfL were approached for comment.
Last month, the ‘Blade Runners’ ramped up their campaign of vandalism trashing another ULEZ enforcement van.
Anti-Ulez campaigners have turned their fire on mobile camera vans trying to enforce the rules, by letting down the tyres
Images showed one of the vehicles with its windows and windscreen smashed, in the latest escalation by activists determined to thwart Mr Khan’s much-loathed levy.
Video footage of the vandalism was shared on Facebook with the caption ‘The Bladerunners are not backing down’, with anti-Ulez activists mocking the criminal damage, hailing the vandalism as ‘amazing work’.
The Metropolitan Police confirmed earlier this month that they would investigate the incident.
A spokesman from the Met told MailOnline at the time: ‘We are aware of reports of damage to ANPR vans and are investigating. The Met has and continues to treat criminal activity in relation to Ulez seriously and has deployed considerable resources to our operation.
‘Where there are possible lines of enquiry, local investigators will follow up using a range of investigative approaches including CCTV trawls, witness searches and an assessment of forensic opportunities.
‘We are aware of posts on social media referencing Ulez cameras and techniques to disable them. If a report is made to police that someone has vandalised a camera, it will be investigated.’
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