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Wayne Earl, of Upton Lovell, Wiltshire, had become frustrated after the porch of his Grade II listed former toll house was repeatedly damaged by passing vehicles, even being demolished by a lorry. As a solution, he put up a bright green light in his porch, which the court were told could cause confusion to drivers.

Police said the bright green light he placed in his porch sat in line with traffic lights and looked as if it had been set up to deliberately confuse motorists about the sequence of red, amber and green.

It took three months for Mr Earl to switch the light off after the police first approached him.

As a result, the 62-year-old, who said other villagers objected to the light, was charged with causing a public nuisance and hauled before magistrates in nearby Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Prosecuting, Ryan Senevirante, told the court: “A police officer saw lights signalling from the area outside his house that looked as though they could be mistaken for traffic lights.

“The green lights were similar in size and shape to traffic lights and in a position that they would be likely to cause confusion to road users and potentially cause road traffic accidents.”

Mr Earl’s Tudor-style house in the village, where property prices average £600,000, sits on crossroads of the A36 and Manor Road where there have been fatal road traffic collisions.

His defence lawyer, Trevor Line, explained to the court that Mr Earl had set the lights up after having his porch damaged by cars and even demolished by a lorry.

He was fearful his house could soon be destroyed because of the vehicles.


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In response, Wiltshire Police Sergeant Kevin Harmsworth, said Mr Earl’s light “posed a considerable danger” and caused locals “a huge amount of frustration”. 

He said: “The installation of these green lights, directly in line with a traffic light junction, caused a huge amount of frustration and concern amongst the local community and the local policing team, due to the potential danger they posed.

“We are in no doubt that these green lights posed a considerable danger to road users, as they appear to have been deliberately placed to confuse motorists about the traffic light sequence on a junction which had previously seen serious injury and fatal road traffic collisions.

“We made repeated attempts to liaise with Mr Earl, including serving both a Community Protection Warning and a Community Protection Notice, ordering him to either turn off or take down the green lights.

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