Page last updated at 16:35 GMT, Monday, 17 May 2010 17:35 UK

Drivers warned of Chideock village traffic protest

Lorries in Chideock
The A35 is the main coastal route between Bournemouth and Exeter

A Dorset pensioner's protest over lorries driving through his village has prompted police to advise motorists to stay away from the area.

Tony Fuller, 77, and his neighbours repeatedly activated a pelican crossing on the A35 in Chideock, near Bridport, to hold up traffic.

They are campaigning for a bypass to be built around the village.

Dorset Police said residents planned two more protests on Tuesday and Friday between 1400 and 1500 BST.

Bypass wanted

Campaigners previously blocked traffic for an hour at a time by making sure the pelican crossing was in constant use.

Traffic on the A35, the main coastal road between Bournemouth and Exeter, backed up within minutes.

Mr Fuller said the roads were too narrow for lorries and he wanted heavy lorries to be diverted.

A Dorset Police spokesman said: "Protests against traffic congestion, involving between 10 and 15 people, have taken place in the village on four occasions over the past few weeks.

"As part of these demonstrations, protesters repeatedly pressed the button on a pedestrian crossing.

"Traffic through Chideock has been described as being congested during these protests.

"As with all lawful protests, Dorset Police has been working with the organisers to ensure public safety.

"Officers will be in attendance tomorrow, and on Friday, to ensure that there are no breaches of the peace and that there is no risk to the safety of road users or pedestrians."

Dorset Police is holding a Police and Communities Together meeting at Chideock Village Hall on Friday at 1900 BST to discuss the protests.

Insp Caroline Naughton, of Bridport Police, said: "I'd like to invite residents to attend this meeting to raise any concerns they have in relation to the recent, and up and coming, protests as well as traffic congestion in the village."


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