Drivers beware – this scarecrow is on the prowl!

Residents and police have praised this scarecrow which has made drivers believe he is a policeman holding a speed gun.

Residents and police have praised this scarecrow which has made drivers believe he is a policeman holding a speed gun.

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Residents worried about speeding on a rural road have employed ‘scarecrow tactics’ in a bid to shock drivers into slowing down.

As Stalmine celebrates its annual festival – including a scarecrow competition – one neighbour, Allison Haslem, has created an amusing but useful hay-man.

A lifesize ‘police officer’ scarecrow has been erected on Mill Lane, Stalmine, positioned as if pointing a speed gun at oncoming traffic.

It is hoped the figure will prompt people to not only slow down but consider their driving on the stretch of road.

Mrs Haslem, 48, put the scarecrow together to enter her village’s competition.

She said: “A bit further up from our house there’s a police van that sits there.

“When I knew the festival was coming up I thought about what I could do and came up with the speed camera idea to slow the traffic down.

“I didn’t expect the reaction to it it’s got.

“It’s been the talk of the village and people have been getting out of their cars to have their picture taken with it!

“Cars are flashing each other on the side of the road as if they are warning drivers about what’s going on. I can’t believe it.”

Police officers from Garstang and Over Wyre have praised the scarecrow, posting about it on their Facebook page.

PC Gary Cross wrote: “With all the cost cutting that is currently going on, we are keen to hear your views regarding our latest member of staff.

“Is he doing a good job?”

Straw ‘PC’ is the talk of the village

Fans of the scarecrow took to Facebook to show their support of the unique speed camera.

And it seems drivers are pleased, if a little relieved, with the scarecrow.

One Facebook user, Mark Thomas, posted: “If it slows drivers down then it’s a good idea.”

And Laura Rumney posted: “He is brill. The amount of people that slow down when seeing him is great.

“It works wonders.”

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