Scarecrow Policeman Slows Traffic

Tired of speeding cars, residents of the village of Crosby-on-Eden in Cumbria, England, decided to take matters into their own hands: by creating a scarecrow policeman, complete with a radar gun made from a water bottle!

David Sowden, another resident, added: "Certainly from a distance it looks like a genuine police officer.

"One visitor said it would be a good idea to keep that up for a week and then replace him with a proper physical police officer with a gun for another week and see what happens.

"It has made them nose dive and they said they couldn't believe the reaction."

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A few years ago someone got prosecuted for impersonating a police officer after standing at the entrance to his village wearing a sea-captain's hat, pointing a hairdrier at passing motorists. Apparently they slowed down very nicely. The judge said that if the police could convince him that they habitually stood at the roadside holding hairdriers he'd convict.

My dad and his neighbours had a different approach. They bought an old banger each and parked them on alternate sides of the road. Traffic could pass, even buses and ambulances, but not at speed. The police didn't like that, either, but they couldn't find anything actually being done wrong.
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