Police Scotland issue appeal to help find 'kidnapped' road safety mannequin
An appeal for information has been launched in a bid to find a missing mannequin, dressed as a police officer, who was “kidnapped” from his post.
The mannequin – known as Allan – has been stationed on the A93 in Aberdeenshire for around two months to remind drivers entering Braemar to observe the 30mph speed limit.
However, he disappeared from the area on Saturday afternoon, “and not of his own volition”.
Local Councillor Geva Blackett posted an appeal on her Facebook page urging people to help find Allan, who was last seen at his post at 1.30pm.
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She urged whoever has taken him to give him back.
She wrote: “Allan took great pride in his role of reminding people driving into Braemar from Glenshee on the A93 that they were in a 30mph speed limit.
“Children, elderly folk and red squirrels are all at risk if people forget. Now he has gone – and not of his own volition. Someone has taken him!
“Have you seen Allan?
“Who ever kidnapped him, please give him back – he is a gentle soul, never offends anyone and well-liked here in Braemar.”
The SNP councillor for Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside said she initially asked the local Inspector if a cutout policeman could be placed at the roadside to deter people from speeding, but there were none spare.
However, Allan, who wears a high-visibility jacket, then provided the ideal alternative.
Members of the public can pass on information to police by calling 101.