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Meet the scarecrow policeman forcing speeders to slow down in Lincolnshire

Residents of Glentworth in Lincolnshire have created a great way of tricking passing drivers into slowing down – by dressing a dummy in a police uniform and placing it at the entrance to their village.

Top marks for inventiveness, Glentworth. The dummy, which sports a high-visibility jacket with the nametag ‘speedy’, a white shirt with black tie and a police-style hat, was erected after residents became fed up with drivers hurtling through the village.

The scarecrow cop in action.
The scarecrow cop in action.

Sadly, police have yet to see the funny side, and it could be removed now the cops and the council are aware of its presence.

Alan Aistrup, head of highways at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “I did laugh when I saw this, and I can understand why somebody’s put it up,” reports the Lincolnshire Echo.

“But that said, it’s not something that we can leave in place so we will speak to the parish council with a view to having it removed.”

A police spokesman said: “This has only just been brought to our attention so we have yet to see the scarecrow and properly assess the situation.

“Whilst we praise the ingenuity of this resident, who clearly has the best interests of their community at heart, the concern is that it could actually be a distraction to drivers.

“If we conduct any form of speed enforcement, we do so with appropriate signage.”

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