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Mystery after bollards get painted

PUBLISHED: 16:55 13 March 2008 | UPDATED: 10:38 03 July 2010

PUZZLED: Village caretaker Barry Rose with the bollards that were painted white within hours of being put up.

PUZZLED: Village caretaker Barry Rose with the bollards that were painted white within hours of being put up.

MYSTERY surrounds the identity of a phantom bollard painter in Belton.

Concrete bollards were put up at entrances to the Bell Lane playing field after yobs went on a joyride on the field in a stolen car.

MYSTERY surrounds the identity of a phantom bollard painter in Belton.

Concrete bollards were put up at entrances to the Bell Lane playing field after yobs went on a joyride on the field in a stolen car.

The incident happened earlier in this month at about 3.30pm as youngsters were leaving nearby schools.

The parish council acted immediately and bollards were put up two days after the incident by village caretaker Barry Rose, blocking off entrances to the field.

However, within hours of the bollards being put up they had received a coat of white paint. And while villagers are not complaining about the quality of job, no one knows who did the paint job.

Parish council chairman Malcolm Scott said: “We have no idea who painted them, it certainly wasn't the parish council. It's a total mystery.”

And it's not the first time the white stuff has caused mystery in the village.

Last August spoon-sized deposits of white powder appeared at various spots throughout the village, bemusing residents.

Local councillor Mark Thompson suggested it could be flour used for an internet craze called hashing, where trails are laid, usually winding up at a local pub.

Do you know who the phantom bollard painter is? Email laura.bagshaw@archant.co.uk.

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