A FATHER has built a home-made speed camera to stop people driving too fast along a shortcut to the world-famous Stonehenge monument in Wiltshire.
Chris Fawcett is now in a battle with his local council over the right to put up a fake camera in the village of Shrewton.
Those living in the village have said that local traffic got worse two years ago when a redesign of the Stonehenge visitor centre saw a key road closed. Sat-navs started redirecting drivers through the area, which is governed by a speed limit of 30mph.
Before the current fake camera was erected, Mr Fawcett had one made of wood that was burnt down by a vandal and took a second one down after threats of legal action from Wiltshire council.
The 50-year-old didn't stop there, though, and has now made another structure. His latest creation, a steel box, does contain a video camera, although the camera cannot judge a car's speed.
It also contains a mirror that reflects headlights, making it look like the camera is flashing, whether the vehicle approaching it is speeding or not.
Attached to a neighbour's tree, it's thought the latest camera is going to be harder for the council to object to than his previous efforts.
''It is a service for the village and I believe it is time to step up and do something.''
Jane Hassett of the Stonehenge traffic action group has backed the replica speed camera, saying: "It might make a difference.''