Hayle man has huge response from CCTV car smash footage
A Hayle man whose CCTV captured a car smashing into his parked van in the middle of the night then driving off said he has had a huge response since sharing his video online.
Dale Jackson's van was badly damaged when a red Ford KA turned a corner on narrow St John’s Street and crashed directly into the side of it.
The incident, which happened in the early hours of Friday February 7, was caught by a CCTV camera which he had installed two years ago after a spate of criminal damage in the area.
Since posting the video online it had been viewed more than 6,000 times in two days.
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Within hours he had been contacted by a friend to say the car had been spotted in Marazion on Friday morning.
Mr Jackson said: “I had a lot of response. I now have the contact details of the driver and I located the car at a scrap yard. I want to thank people who came forward with information.”
The 44-year-old, who also runs Cornwall Coastal Campers, said he knew nothing about the incident until a neighbour knocked on his door at 8.30am to tell him his van had been damaged.
Looking back on the footage he said:“He has dropped somebody off, hit my car and disappeared. I have since heard he hit two other vehicles after mine that night. I am concerned he could have killed someone the way he was driving.”
Mr Jackson said his white Toyota van suffered extensive damage and believes he is set to lose more than £1,500.
He has taken a sledgehammer to the dent and replaced the bumper so that it is roadworthy until he has further details to take legal action.
“I’m pretty annoyed about it, it’s my livelihood. I can’t have the van written off because I need it for work,” he added.
The CCTV camera mounted on Mr Jackson’s house has caught several incidents in the past; including a car window being smashed by a plant pot and several wing mirrors being damaged.
A spokeswoman for Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed that the car had been identified and there was a suspect.
She added:“The collisions unit has been sent the details. At this stage enquiries are ongoing.”