I was raging after the council left a one metre deep hole in the middle of my road for DAYS – but I got my revenge | The Sun

A BUTCHER pulled off a hilarious set of pranks after a water company failed to fill a lane-blocking hole outside his business.

Stephen Hallworth, 54, said his roadwork redecoration was intended to "lighten the mood".

The dad-of-two said locals had felt "depressed" when absent workers left temporary traffic lights blocking a main road for a week.

So Stephen decided to take matters into his own hands, creating amusing scenes around the lingering roadworks.

He adorned the one-metre-deep pit with rubber ducks, a skeleton and prop cows wearing hi-vis jackets each day they didn't turn up.

The butcher said although residents found the high jinks "absolutely hilarious", council bosses later forced him to remove the objects on "health and safety" grounds.

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But he said his stunt did eventually pay off after the workers finally returned with their "tail between their legs" last Friday to fill in the hole.

Stephen said: "Everyone coming into the shop was depressed.

"The traffic lights were putting everyone down in the dumps, so we were trying to lighten the mood, and it went down very, very well.

"The animals did the job, and they filled it in over about an hour after we took the animals out.

"Nobody worked on it until we put the animals in. They came back with their tail between their legs."

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Stephen, who owns family business S R Hallworth butchers, said the hole just outside his shop first appeared on October 9.

He said: "They put up the traffic light and just left them here, basically.

"On Monday, there was nobody working there all day, the same on Tuesday, and on Wednesday there was still nobody, so we decided to have a little bit of fun.

"We have a display in the shop for Halloween, and we put the skeleton in there on Wednesday.

"On Thursday, we got some hi-vis jackets and workers' helmets for the cows, and we decided to put the ducks in the hole too, to cheer everyone up.

He added: "Everyone thought it was absolutely hilarious. We even put a sign in the hole saying, "Honk if you are fed up with the traffic lights".

Everyone gets fed up with traffic lights, but we wanted to put a smile on peoples' faces

Stephen said bosses from Lancashire County Council came to inspect the roadworks on Friday, and then ordered him to remove his props on health and safety grounds.

Thankfully, he said water company workers also returned the same day and then filled in the hole, letting traffic pass smoothly once again.

He said: "Lancashire County Council came and said we had breached health and safety rules and said 'Could we remove them?'

"But they also revoked the license for the road works extension as there was nobody monitoring the traffic light. Then they actually came and filled it in the same day.

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He added: "We've still got the hi-vis animals, and we're going to keep them outside the shop for another week."

United Utilities and Lancashire County Council have been approached for comment.

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