A worried resident dialled 999 after spotting two men chaining a suitcase to a lamp post outside her home.Because bombs are often chained to things, I suppose. In case other terrorists steal them.
You can’t trust anyone these days….
A panicked Mrs Kinsler called emergency services and was rung back a short time later by an operator, who told her not to worry as the case contained traffic monitoring equipment./facepalm
Mrs Kinsler said the incident had given her quite a shock.Bless!
“We are told to be vigilant and it looked suspicious.Yes, I guess they vastly overestimated the average Westcliffe resident’s common sense.
“If a council van had turned up, I would have thought it was OK.
“How ridiculous in these times, when we are all scared anyway and looking out for bags being left anywhere, they do that.”
Mehmet Mazhar, Southend Council’s manager for traffic and highways, apologised for causing any alarm.Should they perhaps label their traffic monitoring devices in future, to ensure the
He said: “The council’s traffic management and road safety team is installing this equipment at various locations in the town to measure traffic volumes and speeds.
“It is cheaper for us to use our own equipment to obtain traffic data, rather than to request the work to be carried out by a specialist traffic survey company.
“We apologise for any concerns which may have unwittingly been caused to residents.”
Oh. Wait. Back to Mrs Kinsler:
Mrs Kinsler added: “When I did look a lot closer it did say traffic or something.”Ummm….