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Cock Bridge sign nicked so many times that 'tamper proof' ones are being erected

The Scottish village of Cock Bridge has had enough of people stealing its suggestive signs.

Now the local council in Aberdeenshire is working to erect ‘tamper proof’ placenames to stop the scourge.

Naughty souvenir hunters have regularly been targeting road signs, and – ironically – those of the bizarrely-named Lost, officials say.

The hamlet, which came to fame with the help of late radio presenter Sir Terry Wogan, has also seen people with stickers plastering its sign, such is the eye-catching nature of the name.

Aberdeenshire Council has previously said it is ‘disappointing’ that Cock Bridge placenames had been stolen and set about finding replacements.

But those were stolen again last summer and since then the settlement has not had a visible placename.

Now the local authority wants to make it harder for Cock Bridge’s signs to be stolen.

An Aberdeenshire Council spokesperson told The National: ‘We are aware of the issues with this sign and are working to replace it using more robust “tamper proof” fixings.’

The road, one of the highest in the UK, often disappears in the winter snow and is known locally as ‘the Lecht’.

But around the country it is more infamous as the A939 Cock Bridge to Tomintoul.

Due to its height and exposed location it is frequently closed during the winter.

That surrender to stormy weather has earned the nine-mile stretch of road a place in Scottish folklore, particularly when paired with its rude name.

Local Councillor Geva Blackett said: ‘Those signs continually get targeted as do another lot in my ward – the signs for Lost. The signs for Lost are continually lost.

‘People who take them think it’s amusing and they end up on somebody’s wall as a souvenir.

‘But every time they are replaced it costs money which means another pot hole does not get filled or a school book does not get replaced.

‘I’m sure the ingenuity of the council engineers will now come up with a thief proof sign for Cock Bridge – and I hope I’m not proved wrong.’

Last year a motorbike-riding fundraiser went on a tour of some of Britain’s naughtiest street and place names.

Paul Taylor began in Shitterton and travelled north to Twatt, taking in Butthole Lane and Cockburnspath, among others, in memory of his best friend, who died of cancer.

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