People are stumped as more and more random teacups appear on A47 roundabout
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A previously uncelebrated roundabout has become the focus of a bizarre crockery-bombing phenomenon that is dividing locals.
Some regard the mystery appearance of teacups on the traffic calming circle close to Gorleston’s James Paget University Hospital as a hindrance or distraction likely to attract vandals.
Whereas for others it is “a bit of fun” started by someone with a good sense of humour looking to create something “pretty cool”.
But, whatever the reason for the unofficial display, Highways England has declared it has to go.
According to varying reports a single mug or teacup sat on its own for some time, but has been added to in the last few weeks.
A teapot has now appeared and there have been sightings of plates at another nearby roundabout.
No-one is sure if one person is behind the explosion of china or if others have decided to join in.
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Locals have been quick to draw inspiration from the unusual installation renaming it Mad Hatter’s Roundabout and Mug Island.
“Is this anywhere near a T-junction?’ one person quipped.
One woman who lives nearby said: “It started with two that sat there for a couple of weeks and then in the last week the pile just grew.
“Must be about 20 now that appeared in five days.”
She added: “I think it is a bit of fun and certainly makes the roundabout more interesting as there is no planting.
“However, I can see that people crossing to put them on there is a hazard.”
A Highways England spokesperson said: “We’re as puzzled as everyone else about the mysterious appearance of the tea cups on the A47 Gorleston roundabout.
“However, placing the tea cups on a busy roundabout is dangerous; not just for the perpetrator but also for the drivers using the roundabout and our on-road teams who have to remove them.”