Chawleigh 'illegal' alien give way sign criticised

Alien give way sign
Image caption Some residents like the sign

A give way sign which has had an alien painted on it near a Devon village has been criticised as "criminal damage" by the local council.

The person who painted on the sign near Chawleigh has not been traced.

Devon County Council said the "illegal" sign was "criminal damage" and would be removed during the "next routine inspection of the area".

Devon and Cornwall Police said if it was reported it would investigate and possibly prosecute the offender.

'Happiness and hilarity'

The sign was previously adorned with a dinosaur.

Village resident Julie, who did not give her surname, said: "We've loved them both and it just gives us a bit of happiness and hilarity in the local area.

"We don't think we've got aliens, we don't think we've got dinosaurs, but you never know."

In a statement, the council said: "This is an illegal sign that has been put up as some sort of joke.

"However, can we remind people that this constitutes criminal damage and can be off-putting for motorists driving along the road."

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