Long arm of the straw slows speeding drivers

Residents concerned about speeding on a rural road have resorted to scarecrow tactics.

As Stalmine celebrates its Scarecrow Festival, one neighbour, Allison Haslem, has taken the opportunity to create a life-sized hay-made traffic cop on Mill Lane in an effort to slow down speeding motorists.

Live feed: The scarecrow traffic cop and speedgun

Live feed: The scarecrow traffic cop and speedgun

The amusing scarecrow is just one of around 30 that have popped up as the village celebrates its first Festival Week.

There is also a group of scarecrow fracking workers, a straw fireman rescuing a kitten from a roof and even a ‘haircrow’ outside the local salon.

Postmaster and residents’ association member Peter Swarbrick said: “The scarecrows have created a buzz around the village.”