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Bird box helps slow down traffic

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A bird box that resembles a speed camera has helped to control traffic in a Durham village, it has been revealed.

The yellow bird box was hoisted on to a pole in front of Bill Angus' property on Sunderland Road, near Houghton-le-Spring in Durham, last week.

Motorists regularly race down the road at speeds of 70mph, though the limit is 30mph, as there are no speed cameras along the stretch.

However, after the bird box was placed at the roadside, motorists have started slowing down, believing it to be a speed camera.

Mr Angus said: "If people want to think it is a speed camera and if it slows them down, then that's fantastic, but for all intents and purposes it is a bird box.

"We have got a lot of residents who have cars on driveways at the front of their homes so they have to reverse out onto the main Sunderland Road and you can look left and right and think it's clear but then in a split second someone is flying down at 60 or 70mph.

"My son and his family came over from New York and they just couldn't believe the difference and it's all down to this bird box."

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