Parked in wrong place, wrong time

The bonnet of his Honda Integra might be dented, but Scott Howatson from Stratford is keeping up his sense of humour.

"What can you do? You just have to laugh about it," he says following a street signpost spearing the bonnet after being pushed over Saturday night or early Sunday morning in what is thought to have been an act of vandalism.

"I am lucky it is an old car. There must have been a bit of force behind it to do this damage."

Scott says he is insured but the excess will probably be more than the cost of fixing up the 1990 model with a second-hand bonnet.

The signpost is one of three pushed down on Pembroke Rd noticed by the Stratford Press on Sunday. The others are on the corner with Cressida Ave and at the entrance to St Mary's school. Residents were unaware of anything untoward until noticing the damage in the morning.

Stratford District Council's director assets Sven Hanne says: "Financially this is covered within our maintenance contract - if it came to a prosecution or similar, we would get the contractor to split these costs out.

The community ends up paying for the mindless actions of a small group of people. There are no steps we are taking - there is no cost-effective, better way of securing signs in the berm, particularly as they have to give way if hit by a vehicle to minimise harm in the event of an accident. Unless someone witnesses the vandalism and reports it to council or the police, there is no recourse we can take."

- Stratford Press

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