Police investigate ‘Toilet of England’ prank on Kent road signs

A road sign which reads 'Welcome to Kent: The toilet of England'
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Activists behind an anti-Brexit stunt that rebranded Kent as the “Toilet of England” have said police have better things to do than investigate their prank.

Park and deride

Signs across the county were changed by a group of campaigners opposed to Brexit. Where before motorists would be politely informed they were entering the Garden of England – as Kent is known – the new message read:

Welcome to Kent The Toilet of England.

The stunt aimed to highlight fears of huge lorry queues along the county’s motorways, with suggestions that portable toilets will have to be installed on roadsides for use by delayed drivers.

Kent Police said they have been made aware of “criminal damage” to road signs in the county and inquiries are continuing.

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One of the road signs the activists changed in a humorous protest against the impacts of Brexit on Kent (EU Flag Mafia/PA)

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A member of the activist team, known collectively as EU Flag Mafia, hit out at the idea of officers devoting time to the stickered signs. They told the PA news agency:

We acted on behalf of the residents of Kent. Everyone who was involved in placing ‘Toilet’ on the road signs lives in Kent and we reject any suggestion that any damage was done to any of the road signs – the stickers can be removed very easily.

If any Kent resident feels offended, we suggest they simply remove the stickers. We suggest that Kent Police have better things to be doing with their valuable time, like trying to work out how the people in Kent will be still be able to travel around the county while thousands of lorries are gridlocked in jams around the county.

Queues expected

The cloak-and-dagger operation – which activists stressed was compliant with coronavirus (Covid-19) guidelines – covered around 30 road signs stretching from Dartford near London to the border with East Sussex.

Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove has previously warned that queues of up to 7,000 trucks could form in Kent unless businesses do more to prepare.

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    1. Really what are the jackboots going to do other than leave the signs as they are and continue to use their second anal sphincters to proclaim laws that do not exist other than in their own universe? The morons have no sense of humour. I feel sorry for the people of Kent who have to live with the problems of HGV ferry traffic and the future problems they will have as a consequence of a Cabinet who have no idea what they are doing. Stay safe one and all, as best as you can.

    2. Nothing surprises me about this Tory Eton Spiv sewer of UKania any more. Sunak is a liar & won’t be tackled for omitting his wife’s vast fortune (leaving Queenie looking poor) from the ministerial register because the cops run about after TOILET stickers.
      With all those road side toilets soon to decorte Kent’s roads I suggest the fuzz leave the stickers in place………

    3. I wouldn’t describe this stunt as ‘activism’. It may be amusing but it is also smug, divisive and devoid of politics and strategy. Activism should mean understanding the problem (which is not Brexit) and uniting people in a movement for real change.

    4. Well, I’ve been to Kent so I’m not so sure that’s the point they’re making lol!

      But seriously, aren’t our government employing extra border staff to carry out checks? They’ve had FOUR AND A HALF YEARS notice, haven’t they? Still, it won’t be as busy going the other way anymore. There will be a direct ferry route between France and ROI to avoid going thru the UK. So what, you may ask? Well there are many small businesses that scrape a living from feeding, housing and other service supplied to drivers passing through. Maybe not thousands of jobs, hundreds..

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