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Last Updated: Monday, 23 July 2007, 10:05 GMT 11:05 UK
'Flood rubberneckers' criticised
Car hit by flooding in Worcestershire
Cars have been left stranded across the county
Motorists who have stopped their cars to photograph the floods have been criticised by police for endangering themselves and other road users.

In some instances "flood rubberneckers" have been driving past clearly-marked flood warning signs in Worcestershire, West Mercia Police said.

Ice cream and hot dog vans have also been seen stopping to sell their wares near to large groups of onlookers.

And police say thieves have been targeting cars abandoned by the road.

A force spokesman said many vehicles left stranded in south Worcestershire had been broken into and asked motorists to collect them as soon as possible.

'Crass and careless'

"Unfortunately, because of sheer numbers, not all abandoned cars have yet been collected.

"We would, however, urge owners to make sure this happens as soon as possible and not wait until tomorrow as the longer they are left unattended, often in remote locations, the more likely they are to be targeted by opportunist thieves."

The spokesman added that motorists who stopped to look at the floods were a hindrance to the emergency services.

"Not only are drivers stopping on the roadside to look at and photograph flood scenes, but some are driving past clear flood warning signs and endangering themselves and their passengers, and possibly causing more work for over-stretched emergency services.

"On Saturday we saw ice cream and hot dog vehicles pulled up alongside what we can only call floods rubberneckers who had pulled up to view the floods.

"Some drivers are being even more crass and careless with their welfare by ignoring signs specifically placed to prevent vehicles passing."


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