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Vandals used a portable saw to cut down a CCTV camera pole which was positioned to capture anti-social behaviour on a housing estate in Swinton.
Police have released footage taken from the camera seconds before it was cut down on Dorning Road.
Chief Inspector Vinny Greener, of Greater Manchester Police, said: ``The CCTV was put up after residents complained about anti-social behaviour on their estate. Within days of it being in place it led to the arrest of a wanted man and has already provided evidence regarding anti-social behaviour.
``Clearly its presence is upsetting the criminal fraternity and it has been deliberately attacked in broad daylight for all to see. I want to reassure people that the police, Salford City Council and City West Housing Trust are working together to identify those responsible.''
Anyone with information about the incident at 1.30pm on May 7 should contact police on 0161 872 50 50 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.