'Rude' sign sparks council investigation

PUBLISHED: 13:57 14 September 2006 | UPDATED: 22:12 28 May 2010

Anthony Stocker’s son Michael in front of the offending sign in Sheppersons Grove, March

Anthony Stocker's son Michael in front of the offending sign in Sheppersons Grove, March

Story by TOM JACKSON A COUNCIL tenant is to be investigated after residents complained of a sign in the front window of her bungalow telling visitors to P155 OFF. The woman s carefully lettered vehicle number plate sign has upset neighbours who have dem

Story by TOM JACKSON

A COUNCIL tenant is to be investigated after residents complained of a sign in the front window of her bungalow telling visitors to 'P155 OFF.'

The woman's carefully lettered vehicle number plate sign has upset neighbours who have demanded that Fenland District Council take action to remove it.

"I think it's disgusting," said Anthony Stocker, who lives a few doors down from the bungalow in Sheppersons Grove, March.

Mr Stocker said he was concerned not only for himself and his four children, but for the children of other families nearby who see the offending sign on a regular basis.

"Why would anybody in their right mind want to put up a sign in their window like that?" he asked. "If you want to make friends you do not do that."

The sign has become the talking point of the estate and now the council is being asked to force the woman to remove it permanently.

Terry Brownbill, the council's spokesman, said on Wednesday night that the council had only just become aware of the sign at number 5 Sheppersons Grove..

"We will be looking into the matter as soon as possible," he added.

A woman who answered the door on Wednesday said: "I am within my own rights to display the sign and it's perfectly legal." She declined to give her name.

But Mr Stocker, whose wife Debra died of cancer 13 months ago and has been left to bring up the couple's children, believes the sign must go, and go quickly.

He is a founder member of the national 'Mum's Army' party which is campaigning against anti-social behaviour. He first joined last year after vandals had waged a campaign against his family in the last months of his wife's life.

"The sign is, unfortunately, the talking point of Sheppersons Grove," he said. "I do not want my children reading that. Youths of today swear enough already and it certainly doesn't help when people like that encourage it."

Other neighbours said the woman, who has lived in the street for five years, kept herself to herself but this incident had sparked an outcry.

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