Child puppets pop up along the busy village street – but all drivers think EXACTLY the same

CHILDREN mannequins have appeared along a busy village street and everyone is thinking the same thing – they are TERRIBLE.

Standing perfectly still and glaring at passing motorists, the childlike bollards stand on a street in Stoney Stanton.

The childlike bollards have come under criticism on the Internet for this "the stuff of nightmares"

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The child-shaped bollards have been criticized on the Internet as “the stuff of nightmares”.Credit: Roland Leon
But they were installed first to remind motorists that there may be children in the area and to drive with caution

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But they were installed first to remind motorists that there may be children in the area and to drive with cautionCredit: Roland Leon

And while they’re not a new feature, the mannequins came under the spotlight after a man posted a video of them on social media over the weekend.

Many immediately shared their thoughts – they are appalled.

The bollards, which depict both boys and girls and are painted semi-realistically, are intended to warn motorists to be careful and remind them that children may be in the area.

They were installed by Stoney Stanton Parish Council and the local school more than two years ago.

And while the bollards aren’t the first of their kind in the UK – with others being seen at Windsor, among others – the effect in the video seemed to have struck a chord with people on Twitter.

People called the mannequins “terrifying” and “the stuff of nightmares.”

Another said: “Crikey. This is very worrying.”

A third commenter said: “I think the painted bollards would be more of a distraction than a warning about children who may be more dangerous?”

The bollards were erected in July 2020 as part of a safe driving program in the village.

They were the brainchild of parish clerk Roz Ward, who helped make them a reality.

The bollard children were nicknamed Billie and Belinda.

A person called her "disturbing"

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One person called them “disturbing”Credit: Roland Leon
Young people have to look too

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Young people have to look tooCredit: Roland Leon
The bollards were installed two years ago by Stoney Stanton Parish Council and the local school

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The bollards were installed two years ago by Stoney Stanton Parish Council and the local schoolCredit: Roland Leon

https://www.the-sun.com/motors/5962334/terrifying-child-mannequins-line-busy-village-road/ Child puppets pop up along the busy village street – but all drivers think EXACTLY the same

Chris Barrese

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