A speed camera which was destroyed in a car crash involving singer Nick Cave will be out of action for another month.

The Gatso in the centre of Kingsway on Hove seafront has been out of action and cordoned off since the Bad Seeds and Grinderman front man apparently lost control of his Jaguar and collided with it more than a month ago.

Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, which owns the camera, has said that it will take until at least February to replace the broken parts and repair the camera.

In the meantime the broken camera has become a tourist attraction.

Celebrity-seeking vandals have daubed the words “Nick Cave waz(SIC) ere Xmas 2010” onto the broken stand.

The Australian singer, most famous for his Where the Wild Roses Grow duet with Kylie Minogue, had his twin sons in the car when he hit the camera, on Tuesday, December 7.

No one was injured in the accident.

Sussex Police said they were still investigating the crash in which the camera and a safety barrier were badly damaged.

A spokesman for Sussex Safter Roads Partnership said: “The Kingsway camera is being brought back into service and should be operational by the end of February.

“It needs a new base and then for it to be installed into a sturdy concrete base.”