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Crashed cars replace festive tree
Crashed car
The fire service said the cars are not meant to be depressing
Two smashed up cars are being displayed on a roundabout in West Sussex - replacing a town's Christmas tree.

The vehicles are on show in Haywards Heath to remind motorists about the dangers of drink driving.

Some residents are upset at not having a festive display and say the cars are dangerous and distract drivers.

West Sussex Fire Service, which is behind the car display along with Sussex Police, said it had a moral responsibility to cut down on crashes.

'Hard hitting'

Resident Jill Larkin said: "It is not a very festive display for a middle of a roundabout in Haywards Heath.

"It should have been put somewhere else.

"We could have had our Christmas tree there and the display put somewhere else which could have had just as much impact and perhaps be not quite so dangerous.

Richard Bond, from the fire service, said: "It is not meant to be depressing it is meant to be hard hitting and it is meant to provide a high impact display.

"There are Christmas lights all up along the High Street and we most certainly do not want to upset any of the neighbours or the town council.

"But at the end of the day we have a moral and legal responsibility to cut down on road crashes in the county of West Sussex."




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