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Suffolk: Drivers back concerns over hidden road signs

PUBLISHED: 07:35 19 June 2014

An example of obscured road signs

An example of obscured road signs

Archant

Motorists have united in condemning the prevalence of obscured road signs in Suffolk after the problem was highlighted by a
driver’s speeding appeal victory.

As reported in Tuesday’s EADT, Caspar James successfully argued in court that his speeding conviction, issued in July 2013, had been unfair as the 30mph sign in Wattisfield, near Eye, had been covered with foliage.

Mr James’s concerns that obscured signs were dangerous, unfair and far too
widespread – particularly along rural routes – have been echoed by readers online and by email.

One driver, who wished to remain anonymous, highlighted his own legal battle to overturn a speeding conviction, when he was caught doing 42mph in a 30mph zone in Suffolk. Like Mr James, this motorist was also able to argue the obscured signs left him unable to determine the legal limit.

Judge John Holt, responding to the prosecution’s submission that the driver should have checked the obscured sign, said sarcastically: “I see. So, there could be 30, 40, 50 or 60mph (signs) and it is incumbent on him to stop, get out his shears and have a look?”

Others, commenting on Mr James’s experience, highlighted obscured signs around Sproughton, Sudbury and other rural routes.

Sue Douglas said: “What a shambles of a country we have become.”

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A man from Bedfordshire has been arrested in connection with a ram-raid in Long Melford.

More than four thousand people have signed a petition launched by a concerned Mum, urging the county council to scrap a controversial consultation into cutting free school transport.

A teenager gunned a man down outside a petrol station over a comment that he “looked like the Milky Bar Kid”, and he is still on the run from police, a trial heard.

A world-renowned Suffolk harpist accused of taking the virginity of a schoolboy more than three decades ago told police the teenager had sexually assaulted her, a court has heard.

A man and a teenager from Stowmarket have been charged with robbery along with a series of other offences.

A Suffolk town which has faced 10 days of road closure “chaos” – has reacted with dismay to news of two more months of highways disruption.

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