Residents get all prickly after council paints over hedgehog
A WORKER painted yellow lines over a squashed hedgehog rather than move it off the road, a council spokeswoman admitted yesterday.
Shocked residents could not believe the dead animal was not removed by the painters, who blitzed Hartlepool streets ahead of hundreds of thousands of visitors arriving to see the Tall Ships Races. Mother-of-four Allison Hart took a picture of the hedgehog with a yellow stripe across its flattened belly outside the home of her mother-in-law.
"It's unbelievable," said the 37-year-old, who works in a nearby florist and fruit shop. "The whole town went double yellow line mad for the Tall Ships.
"Someone walking with a liner went over the hedgehog with yellow paint. "Whoever did this didn't even ask for a shovel to pick up the hedgehog.
"All they had to do is kick it to one side.
"It's shocking really."
A Hartlepool Borough Council spokeswoman said: "Contractors have done a phenomenal amount of painting in and around the town in preparation for the Tall Ships Races.
"They have done an exceptional job. "This is an unfortunate incident, but it was the only one reported."