Shitterton villagers buy ‘theft-proof’ sign

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Households in Shitterton, near Bere Regis, Dorset contributed £20 each to the new sign after repeatedly falling victim to pranksters.

Volunteers then arranged a truck and crane to manoeuvre the stone into place.

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Ian Ventham, 62, a retired RNLI director, who arranged the whip-round, said: “It was my wife’s idea to carve it out of stone. We have lived here for the last 20 years and during that time the sign has been nicked at least three times.

“We think it was kids who would like to have it stuck on the wall in a den somewhere because its quite an interesting sign.

“I don’t think it was malicious, they just did it for fun, but it was exasperating for us. We would get a nice new shiny sign from the council and five minutes later, you’d turn your back and it was gone.

“Not having the signpost could make life difficult by confusing delivery drivers.

“We thought let’s put in a ton and a half of stone and see them try and take that away in the back of a Ford Fiesta.”

Mr Ventham, who is also chairman of the local parish council, added: “We had asked Purbeck District Council to replace the sign but they ran out of budget for that sort of thing. However, they are giving us £70 towards the cost of the sign which is what it would have cost them to replace it in the first place.

He said: “I suppose this is quite a good example of what David Cameron means when he talks about the Big Society empowering communities.

“I am not sure if he is expressly thinking about Shitterton signposts, but I think he is talking about people getting off their backsides and doing things, rather than expecting them to be done for you.”

In the Domesday Book, Shitterton is recorded in Norman French as Scatera or Scetra, which translated means a little town that is on the stream of a midden or sewer.

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