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A anxious villager has fooled dashing motorists into slowing down with a dummy digital camera produced from a chicken field.

Nick Porter mounted the painted field on a pole and planted it on a 60mph stretch the place he says drivers repeatedly hit 80 or 90mph.

It lies between High Garrett and Gosfield, Essex, and the restrict drops to 40mph in each villages.

Farmer Nick took issues into his personal palms after a string of crashes on that part of the A1017. Three individuals have been killed in a single incident in 2014.

Villagers in each locations, close to Braintree, repeatedly requested for the velocity restrict to be lowered and supplied to pay for any indicators.

Nick, 40, mentioned the stretch is so harmful he drives his daughter to high school quite than letting her wait beside it for a bus. He defined: “I saw the bird box ‘speed camera’ idea online – and it has worked.

“The traffic is noticeably a little bit slower now – but once people realise it’s not a proper speed camera, they’ll just speed up again.”

Some neighbours have additionally talked about shopping for a automotive to park on the highway as a traffic-calming measure.

Nick mentioned: “Obviously we don’t want to do it because if something happens, it’ll be on our conscience.

“But it’s getting to the stage where it’s either that or it could be one of our children.”

Halstead councillor Chris Siddall, who chairs the native highways panel, has requested Essex County Council to slash the velocity restrict to 40mph.

The council mentioned it investigates all deadly crashes and opinions the earlier 10 years of accident information.