Long arm of the STRAW! Scarecrow nicknamed ‘Speedo’ is dressed as a policeman with fake speed gun to slow dangerous drivers… after council said real camera was too expensive
- Parish councillor Edie Pope, 71, made Speedo the scarecrow to slow down cars
- She was forced to act after Sefton Council refused to install a speed camera
- The yellow-jacketed mannequin fools drivers into thinking it’s a speed trap
- One motorists chopped off Speedo’s head and dumped her body in a hedge
An undercover scarecrow dressed as a police officer armed with a homemade speed camera has been deployed by a pensioner to urge motorists to slow down.
The scarecrow, dressed in a hi vis jacket, wig and policeman’s hat and clutching a speed camera made from a bleach bottle wrapped in tin foil, is on duty outside a home in Sefton, Merseyside.
Parish councillor Edie Pope, 71, made the scarecrow, nicknamed Speedo, after her plea for a speed camera was rejected despite countless crashes on the 40mph stretch of road.
Parish councillor Edie Pope, 71, from Sefton, Merseyside, made this scarecrow of a police officer carrying a fake speed gun to fool motorists into slowing down through the village
Mrs Pople said she had asked authorities to fit a speed camera in the village, but they claimed the £70,000 cost was prohibitive
Instead, she deploys her scarecrow – nicknamed Speedo – to encourage drivers to respect th 40mph limit in the area
Mrs Pope, who runs a farm shop, said: ‘We asked the council for a speed camera but they said it was expensive and would cost around £70,000.
‘We had the speed limit changed from 60mph to 40mph, but they still shoot down here doing 60mph.
‘There has been three accidents on this road just recently.
‘There was one driver who crashed into a lamppost, breaking it in half and missing a pedestrian by six inches, she had to jump into a hedge to save her life.
‘Now, you can hear the engines slowing down as soon as they see the scarecrow.
‘She’s only been there for one week and she’s already working.
‘Even the police have been to take pictures because they want more of them around. It’s obviously working.’
Speedo had originally been dressed as a bride for the local scarecrow festival and Mrs Pope decided to deploy it as a police officer following a string of accidents outside her home.
Mrs Pope said you can hear the motorists slowing down when they hear Speedo – who has been on the road for the past week
One motorist ‘abducted’ Speedo and decapitated her, dumping her remains in a hedge, although Mrs Pope spent five hours repairing her so she was fit to return to duty
Her arms and legs were made by filling two pairs of ladies’ black tights with straw.
And while Speedo was recently stolen and later found in a hedge at the side of the road by a runner who thought he’d found a body, she quickly returned to duty.
Mrs Pope said: ‘Someone just got out of a car and took it. Then it was found decapitated, it took me five hours to repair it but it’s back on duty now.
‘After her turn as a bride I had to dull down the make up on her because I don’t think a police officer would be wearing bright lipstick while on duty, it would give her away.’
Sefton Council and Merseyside Police have been approached for a comment.