An interactive speed sign to slow down motorists as they pass a village school has been stolen within 24 hours of being installed.
Ashwicken Parish Council spent £7,000 on mobile signs in a bid to deter drivers from racing around the village.
The sign – one of two – was installed on East Winch Road, close to Ashwicken Primary School, on Monday but by Tuesday afternoon it had gone.
The theft has baffled police and parish councillors not least because East Winch Road is currently closed to traffic.
Parish councillor and school governor Ray Barnett said: “I am astounded. It is the first sign in Norfolk to be stolen. I struggle to understand what people would want to do with the sign.
“This is a big disappointment. The council was trying to be public spirited and do our best for people.”
The signs were bought with grants from Norfolk County Council, West Norfolk Council and the parish council.
They were bought after complaints had been raised by villagers about motorists speeding with the two main hot spots being The Brow of the Hill and Station Road.
East Winch Road, with its 40mph speed limit and lack of pavement, was also highlighted due to the school’s location.
The council had opted for a mobile sign so it could be moved to different locations around the village to ensure it remained “fresh” to drivers.
Mr Barnett had clamped the sign to a lamp post using a bracket with “anti-theft bolts”, which was also taken by the thieves.
He said: “It looks like they managed to unbolt the anti-theft bolts.
“The only reason I can think why they would steal the sign is for the battery.”
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