Wednesday, February 17, 2016

'Drink probably involved' in triceratops blocking road

A dinosaur was left in the middle of a high street courtesy of some "drunken pranksters", it is believed. A 25ft (7.6m) model triceratops had to be removed from High Street in Godshill on the Isle of Wight after it was dragged from the Jurassic Garden.

The dinosaur is part of Martin Simpson's shop garden, where he sells prehistoric gems and fossils. He said: "It takes about five blokes to move the dinosaur a couple of inches, so it was definitely a concerted effort and drink was probably involved."

He added he would now be securing the dinosaur to make sure the incident did not happen again. The triceratops was spotted by Chris Hollingshead as he was driving home from work at 3am on Saturday morning.

Staff from Island Roads, which operates road maintenance on the island, returned the dinosaur to the Jurassic Garden. A spokesperson said: "Three of our staff attended the scene and placed it back into the garden from where it had been removed. The road was reopened within a short period of our arrival on site."

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