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Australian police enforce road sign erected by local residents

Police in Australia have admitted they fined more than 200 motorists wrongly, after they discovered a road traffic sign they were enforcing was illegally erected by a local resident.

A resident of Beecroft, in Sydney’s north-west region, is believed to have erected a sign saying 'No left turn between 7.30am and 9.30am' in order to stop commuters taking a short cut past the local school during the rush hour.

Motorists initially ignored the sign, but parents of children attending the school - believing the sign to be real - complained to the local police department, which then began enforcing it.

The police force has now admitted about 200 motorists were fined $175 (about £100) about over a three-month period.

The sign has subsequently been taken down, and all motorists fined have been told to contact the State Debt Recovery Office for a refund.

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Topkat 28 August 2009

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