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Fake sign promotes Cotswold viewpoint as 'dogging' area

Fake sign
Barrow Wake viewpoint is a notorious site for sexual activity

A fake brown tourist sign, pointing to an "official dogging area" at a Cotswold beauty spot has been ripped down by angry residents.

It was put up on the A417 at Birdlip and points towards the Barrow Wake viewpoint - a notorious site for public sexual activity.

David Parkinson said Barrow Wake's reputation was a problem for local residents and the sign did not help.

Police said they were aware of their concerns and were addressing them.

'Stranger sex'

Mr Parkinson said: "It does tend to make the lives of local residents impossible.

"The viewpoint itself is one of the best in the area, giving fantastic views across Gloucestershire.

"You park there and you get accosted by people after 'stranger sex', I believe the terminology is. It's become a no-go area for residents."

He said the sign looked very much like an official one, but he was planning to burn it on a bonfire.

Gloucestershire police inspector, Phil Offord, said an operation addressing the residents' concerns was ongoing.

"One of the key elements of the operation is to encourage local residents to report any incidents in the area," he said.

"Our priority is to ensure that the area remains safe and beautiful for all those that live, work and visit here.

"We would like to encourage people to talk to the local policing team about any concerns they have for the area and also to report any illegal or suspicious activity so that appropriate action can be taken."

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