Bird box puts brakes on speeders
A retired police officer has told how a bird box resembling a speed camera has helped to stop traffic speeding through his village.
Bill Angus, 64, attached the yellow box to a pole at the front of his property near Houghton-le-Spring in Durham, last week.
He said the 30mph speed limit along the road was regularly broken by motorists racing along it.
"If people want to think it is a speed camera and if it slows them down, then that's fantastic, but for all intents and purposes it is a bird box," he said.
"We have got a lot of residents who have cars on driveways at the front of their homes so they have to reverse out onto the main Sunderland Road and you can look left and right and think it's clear but then in a split second someone is flying down at 60 or 70mph. There have been quite a few near misses.
"Everyone round here thinks it's brilliant. My son and his family came over from New York and they just couldn't believe the difference and it's all down to this bird box."
Mr Angus said he had been writing to the authorities since 2000 about the speeding problem but nothing had been done.
He said: "I would like the council to put a speed camera in on this road.
"If this brings attention to the problem then I'm happy."
The retired police officer explained that he decided to build the bird box during the recent cold snap.