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So much for his band being 'bigger than Jesus'. It emerged this week that a third of children aged six to 16 have no idea why John Lennon was famous (with one speculating that he 'discovered glasses') — while 15 per cent say they have never even heard of him

So much for his band being ‘bigger than Jesus’. It emerged this week that a third of children aged six to 16 have no idea why John Lennon was famous (with one speculating that he ‘discovered glasses’) — while 15 per cent say they have never even heard of him

So much for his band being ‘bigger than Jesus’. It emerged this week that a third of children aged six to 16 have no idea why John Lennon was famous (with one speculating that he ‘discovered glasses’) — while 15 per cent say they have never even heard of him.

By contrast, 82 per cent know who Sir Elton John is — and only 8 per cent had never heard of Sir David Attenborough, making him possibly the most down-with-the-kids nonagenarian in the history of the human race.

It’s funny what children do and don’t pick up on. It reminded me of when my daughter was very small and, having just begun to read, picked up my father’s treasured copy of the album Let It Bleed, by the Rolling Stones — the one with the cake on the cover.

A couple of days later, she asked me, ‘Can we put on Jimmy Shelter, Mummy?’

‘Jimmy who, darling?’ I asked her.

‘You know, grandpa’s favourite singer, the one who likes cake: Jimmy Shelter.’

It took me a while to work out that she was referring to the title of the first song on the album, Gimme Shelter, which she had misread.

Ever since then, Mick Jagger has been known as Jimmy Shelter in our house.

I had the idea of setting my two teenagers (Bea, 17 and Will, 15) a quiz to determine how much they actually knew about the culture of my generation — and asking them to do the same for me, writes Sarah Vine

I had the idea of setting my two teenagers (Bea, 17 and Will, 15) a quiz to determine how much they actually knew about the culture of my generation — and asking them to do the same for me, writes Sarah Vine

But for all they get in a muddle about the adult world, there is even less that we adults understand about theirs. Especially when they turn into teenagers.

It’s not just the mysterious text-speak, or the unfathomable slang, it’s people, places and personalities central to their existence that never even cross our radar.

So I had the idea of setting my two teenagers (Bea, 17 and Will, 15) a quiz to determine how much they actually knew about the culture of my generation — and asking them to do the same for me.

It was quite an eye-opener, for myself and my husband, as you will see . . .

QUESTIONS FOR TEENS (AND HOW SARAH’S COOL KIDS ANSWERED) 

1 Who is Peter Sellers?

Will and Bea: No clue

2 What was Morecambe and Wise?

Will: A shrimp company? I know shrimp comes from Morecambe.

Bea: Some sort of old person’s alcohol?

3 Who was Terry Wogan?

Will: The British Larry King.

Bea: Dunno. Football player?

4 Who was the Queen’s sister?

Will: Ummm. No clue.

Bea: Diana?

Who was Terry Wogan? Will: The British Larry King; Bea: Dunno. Football player?

Who was Terry Wogan? Will: The British Larry King; Bea: Dunno. Football player?

5 Who was Liz Taylor?

Will: Err. Oh. Actor, daughter of the bloke from Aerosmith. Oh no, that’s Liv Tyler.

Bea: The founder of Cath Kidston?

6 Who is the heir to the throne?

Will: Prince William. No, wait. Prince Philip.

Bea: The old one. Wait, is he her brother or her son?

7 Name three Abba songs.

Will: Easy. Winner Takes It All, Dancing Queen, Waterloo.

Bea: Mamma Mia. The Christmas one. Waterloo Bridge?

8 Who was Richard Nixon?

Will: American President in the Eighties.

Bea: That.

Who was Liz Taylor? Will: Err. Oh. Actor, daughter of the bloke from Aerosmith. Oh no, that's Liv Tyler; Bea: The founder of Cath Kidston?

Who was Liz Taylor? Will: Err. Oh. Actor, daughter of the bloke from Aerosmith. Oh no, that’s Liv Tyler; Bea: The founder of Cath Kidston?

9 Who is Cliff Richard?

Both: Singer. (Sir Cliff really is the eternal teenager, it seems.)

10 What is a fax machine?

Will: One would use a fax machine to type a message to someone else with a fax machine.

Bea: It’s like it transports a paper to another fax machine. It’s like email but you put paper in a machine.

11 What’s the difference between 45 and 33rpm?

Will: Um. RPM is a measurement of revs per minute in a car and the difference between 45 and 33 is quite substantial.

Bea: Is it to do with motorbikes?

12 Why is real ale real?

Will: Because only men drink it?

Bea: Because it makes people real drunk?

13 What was the Berlin Wall?

Will: It was a wall separating the West from the rest of Berlin.

Bea: Big wall put up by Soviets. Taken down when Soviets ended. People were happy.

14 What was the Cold War?

Will: It was a war of negotiation in the 20th century between Russia and America.

Bea: Basically, two big countries being rather childish.

Who was Arthur Scargill? Will: Author; Bea: No clue

Who was Arthur Scargill? Will: Author; Bea: No clue

15 Complete: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier . . .

Will: Spy. Obviously.

Bea: Wife?

16 What is a gamp? (Who needs an umbrella when a hoodie will do?)

Will: A broken ankle?

Bea: An STD?

17 Who was Arthur Scargill?

Will: Author.

Bea: No clue.

18 Who was Jeeves?

Will: A character composed by P.J. Wodehouse and he was a butler.

Bea: A bassist?

19 What is a cat’s eye?

Will: Er, old people slang for female genitalia?

Bea: Similar to a katsu?

20 Scaramouche, Scaramouche, can you do the fandango. What does this have to do with Prague?

Will: Ah, yes. Bohemian Rhapsody. Bohemia is a place in the Czech Republic. Capital of Czech Republic is Prague.

Bea: No idea. But there were thunderbolts and lightning and it was very frightening.

QUESTIONS FOR CODGERS (AND HOW SARAH AND HER HUSBAND MICHAEL FARED) 

1 Who was Lil Peep?

Me: A rapper (even I know that everyone with the prefix ‘Lil’ is a rapper)

2 What is Calvin Klein?

Me: Expensive pants?

Children: It’s street slang for cocaine and ketamine.

Me (worried voice): How do you know that?

Kids: The internet.

3 What is Evisu?

Me: A brand of overpriced jeans, obviously. Bingo!

Who's Lil Yachty? My husband : Big Yachty's younger brother? Me: Another rapper? Bingo again!

Who’s Lil Yachty? My husband : Big Yachty’s younger brother? Me: Another rapper? Bingo again!

4 What is BAPE?

Me: A brand of vape?

Kids: It’s leading ‘sportsluxe’ brand (overpriced sweatshirts) Bathing Ape. Loved by rappers.

5 What is a ring of fire?

My husband (who is next door earwigging): An aspect of Siegfried, the third opera of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

Kids: Nope. It’s a drinking game.

6 Who’s Lil Yachty?

My husband: Big Yachty’s younger brother?

Me: Another rapper? Bingo again!

7 What is tagging?

Me: Referencing someone on an online post.

Kids: Signature graffiti symbol.

8 What is an E-girl?

Me: Not sure I want to know the answer to this one.

Will: A woman on the internet who wears little clothing to attract male attention.

9 What is a vsco girl?

Me: Oh God.

Will: A girl who focuses a lot on her academic studies and is extremely Left-wing.

Me: Oh, so like your sister?

They both fall off the sofa laughing. I later discover this is a term for environmentally-aware, middle-class girls who wear little make-up, scrunchies and shell necklaces. So not Bea.

What is Spoons? Me: An item of cutlery, a type of cuddle?; Kids: An abbreviated term for Wetherspoons, a popular drinking spot for teens

What is Spoons? Me: An item of cutlery, a type of cuddle?; Kids: An abbreviated term for Wetherspoons, a popular drinking spot for teens

10 What is a motive?

Me: A reason for acting in a certain way?

Kids: A social gathering.

11 What is Spoons?

Me: An item of cutlery, a type of cuddle?

Kids: An abbreviated term for Wetherspoons, a popular drinking spot for teens.

12 Who is James Charles?

My husband (still earwigging): A Jacobite pretender to the throne?

Kids: That’s not even funny, Dad. He’s a make-up influencer and LGBT activist.

13 Who are The Social Climbers?

My husband: People who enjoy going up mountains and having a drink at the end. As opposed to people who enjoy going up mountains and not having a drink at the end.

Kids: YouTubers.

14 What is a bunda?

My husband: Is it to do with German football? As in the Bundesliga?

Will: Slang for a large, attractive bottom.

Husband: Gosh.

15 What’s a clicker?

My husband: A device used in cricket so you can work out how many times someone has bowled in an over.

Kids: An internet scammer.

16 What is Palace?

Me: Oh, I know! A Premier League club in Croydon?

Kids: It’s a clothing brand.

What is a clicker? My husband: A device used in cricket so you can work out how many times someone has bowled in an over; Kids: An internet scammer

What is a clicker? My husband: A device used in cricket so you can work out how many times someone has bowled in an over; Kids: An internet scammer

17 What is a clamp?

Me: What you put on the car of someone who has broken parking restrictions.

Will: Actually, a very tough tackle in football.

Bea: No one cares about your stupid football, Will.

18 What is a whip?

My husband: Someone who ensures MPs do everything the Government wants them to do.

Kids (rolling eyes): A car.

19 Who’s Harry Wroetoshaw?

Me: A slam poet?

Will: Legendary Fifa player and a member of YouTube stars The Sidemen.

20 What does bare mean?

Me (thinking they mean ‘bear’): A large mammal or a hirsute homosexual gentleman?

Kids: No, Mum. It’s bare, slang for ‘a lot’. As in ‘there are bare people at this motive’.

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Harry and Meghan recorded podcast at luxury $400 an hour beachfront rental property 

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Harry and Meghan recorded a podcast about teenage mental health at a luxury $400 an hour beach front rental property used for Ralph Lauren fashion shoots, DailyMail.com can reveal.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were photographed chatting to three high school kids from Teenager Therapy for the audio production in support of World Mental Health Day earlier this month.

The couple, speaking into microphones, was seen sitting on a sofa in front of a stone fireplace across from the teens.

After the photo was posted on Teenager Therapy’s Twitter page there was widespread speculation it gave another glimpse inside the couple’s sprawling $14 million Montecito mansion.

But DailyMail.com can reveal the podcast episode was in fact recorded at a rental property overlooking Miramar Beach in Montecito, a short drive from Harry and Meghan’s home.

Harry and Meghan recorded a podcast about teenage mental health at a luxury $400 an hour beach front rental property used for Ralph Lauren fashion shoots and snapped this picture, DailyMail.com can reveal

Harry and Meghan recorded a podcast about teenage mental health at a luxury $400 an hour beach front rental property used for Ralph Lauren fashion shoots and snapped this picture, DailyMail.com can reveal

They were photographed chatting to high school kids from Teenager Therapy in support of World Mental Health Day earlier this month

They were photographed chatting to high school kids from Teenager Therapy in support of World Mental Health Day earlier this month

DailyMail.com can reveal the podcast episode was in fact recorded at a rental property overlooking Miramar Beach in Montecito, a short drive from Harry and Meghan's home

DailyMail.com can reveal the podcast episode was in fact recorded at a rental property overlooking Miramar Beach in Montecito, a short drive from Harry and Meghan’s home

In one of the exterior photos the fireplace where the podcast was recorded can be seen

In one of the exterior photos the fireplace where the podcast was recorded can be seen

The four bed, three bath property has 2,500sq ft of space and a huge front lawn overlooking the beach and allows up to 15 cast and crew for production

The four bed, three bath property has 2,500sq ft of space and a huge front lawn overlooking the beach and allows up to 15 cast and crew for production

The craftsman style house, which is advertised on giggster.com as 'on the sand in Montecito', can be hired out for filming and photo shoots at $400 an hour for a minimum of three hours

The craftsman style house, which is advertised on giggster.com as ‘on the sand in Montecito’, can be hired out for filming and photo shoots at $400 an hour for a minimum of three hours

The craftsman style house, which is advertised on giggster.com as ‘on the sand in Montecito’, can be hired out for filming and photo shoots at $400 an hour for a minimum of three hours.

The four bed, three bath property has 2,500sq ft of space and a huge front lawn overlooking the beach and allows up to 15 cast and crew for productions.

In the blurb on the website the owner boasts of hosting Harry and Meghan, it states: ‘The house has tons of style and plenty of off-street parking. 

Just off the 101 and 100 yards down the beach from the new Rosewood Miramar resort. 

Past shoots include Ralph Lauren, Serena and Lily, Free People, and an interview with Prince Harry and Meghan.’

In one of the exterior photos the fireplace where the podcast was recorded can be seen.

Teenager Therapy later confirmed on their Twitter page that the podcast wasn’t recorded at Harry and Meghan’s home.

The podcast, entitled Teenager Therapy, describes itself online as ‘five stressed, sleep deprived, yet energetic teens sit down and talk about the struggles that come with being a teenager’.

Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, were heard on the podcast on October 11 and the couple is heard talking to hosts Gael, Kayla and Thomas about their own experience of mental health.

Teenager Therapy later confirmed on their Twitter page that the podcast wasn't recorded at Harry and Meghan's home. During the episode Meghan said she 'was the most trolled person in the entire world in 2019'

Teenager Therapy later confirmed on their Twitter page that the podcast wasn’t recorded at Harry and Meghan’s home. During the episode Meghan said she ‘was the most trolled person in the entire world in 2019’

In the blurb on the website the owner boasts of hosting Harry and Meghan, it states: 'The house has tons of style and plenty of off-street parking

In the blurb on the website the owner boasts of hosting Harry and Meghan, it states: ‘The house has tons of style and plenty of off-street parking

Just off the 101 and 100 yards down the beach from the new Rosewood Miramar resort. Past shoots include Ralph Lauren, Serena and Lily, Free People, and an interview with Prince Harry and Meghan

Just off the 101 and 100 yards down the beach from the new Rosewood Miramar resort. Past shoots include Ralph Lauren, Serena and Lily, Free People, and an interview with Prince Harry and Meghan

The podcast, entitled Teenager Therapy, describes itself online as 'five stressed, sleep deprived, yet energetic teens sit down and talk about the struggles that come with being a teenager'

The podcast, entitled Teenager Therapy, describes itself online as ‘five stressed, sleep deprived, yet energetic teens sit down and talk about the struggles that come with being a teenager’

During the episode Meghan said she ‘was the most trolled person in the entire world in 2019’.

The couple, dressed casually in jeans, discussed the stigma surrounding mental health and ‘how we can all contribute to a healthier world: physically, mentally, emotionally and holistically’ with the high school students.

Meghan said that the impact of the pandemic had pushed people increasingly toward the internet which she claimed opened up a ‘vulnerability’ and a place for ‘disconnection’.

She said: ‘I can speak personally because I’m told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the entire world – male or female.

‘Now eight months of that I wasn’t even visible. I was on maternity leave or with a baby. But what was able to just be manufactured and churned out. It’s almost unsurvivable.’

Harry praised the teenage hosts and the younger generation for their openness surrounding mental health and personal difficulties, later telling the podcast that he meditates.

He said: ‘The more we talk about it the more it becomes normal, and it is normal, and it’s not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength.’

The craftsman style house, which is advertised on giggster.com as 'on the sand in Montecito', can be hired out for filming and photo shoots at $400 an hour for a minimum of three hours

The craftsman style house, which is advertised on giggster.com as ‘on the sand in Montecito’, can be hired out for filming and photo shoots at $400 an hour for a minimum of three hours

After the photo was posted on Teenager Therapy's Twitter page there was widespread speculation it gave another glimpse inside the couple's sprawling $14 million Montecito mansion (pictured)

After the photo was posted on Teenager Therapy’s Twitter page there was widespread speculation it gave another glimpse inside the couple’s sprawling $14 million Montecito mansion (pictured) 

He added: ‘Our situation is somewhat unique but then every single person’s situation is unique, it’s a different version of the same thing.

‘For Meghan, she said on a global scale, that’s what happened in 2019, but if you’re a young girl or young boy at school, that’s your world, so if you’re being attacked, or being bullied or whatever is online… it feels the same.’ 

The Sussexes learned about the podcast – which usually features five students from Loara High School in Anaheim, Orange County – after reading a New York Times profile of the teenagers in July. 

After listening to a few episodes of the series, they decided they wanted to support the teens’ work. 

They recorded the episode this week in their new hometown of Montecito, with all the participants wearing masks during the recording.

 According to Hello! magazine, Prince Harry and Meghan led the group in deep breathing exercises ahead of the podcast in order to help sooth nerves.

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800 legal experts demand apology from Priti Patel and Boris Johnson

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A group of over 800 former judges and senior legal figures have signed a letter to the Prime Minister and Home Secretary Priti Patel calling on them to apologise for their ‘hostility’ towards the legal profession.

The letter, which has been co-signed by three former justices of the UK Supreme Court along with 80 QCs and hundreds of barristers and solicitors, is in response to ‘recent attacks, made by the Home Secretary and echoed by the Prime Minister, on lawyers seeking to hold the Government to the law’.

In August, the Home Office was forced to abandon using a video which accuses ‘activist lawyers’ representing migrants of trying to disrupt the asylum system after a barrage of complaints.

Earlier this month at the Conservative Party online conference, Boris Johnson ramped up the rhetoric in the battle between the Government and the justice system.

More than 800 former judges and senior legal figures have signed a letter to the Prime Minister and Home Secretary Priti Patel calling on them to apologise for their 'hostility' towards the legal profession

More than 800 former judges and senior legal figures have signed a letter to the Prime Minister and Home Secretary Priti Patel calling on them to apologise for their ‘hostility’ towards the legal profession

In his keynote speech the Prime Minister said the Tories were ‘stopping the whole criminal justice system from being hamstrung by what the Home Secretary would doubtless – and rightly – call the lefty human rights lawyers, and other do-gooders’.

Last week, a man charged with preparing an act of terrorism after being accused of carrying out a racist attack at a firm of immigration lawyers.

Cavan Medlock, 28, from Harrow in north-west London, allegedly visited the offices of Duncan Lewis Solicitors in Harrow armed with a large knife and threatened to kill a member of staff.

The letter, which was published in The Guardian, states: ‘Such attacks endanger not only the personal safety of lawyers and others working for the justice system, as has recently been vividly seen; they undermine the rule of law, which ministers and lawyers alike are duty-bound to uphold.

In his speech at Tory party conference, the Prime Minister said he was 'stopping the whole criminal justice system from being hamstrung by what the Home Secretary would doubtless - and rightly - call the lefty human rights lawyers, and other do-gooders'

In his speech at Tory party conference, the Prime Minister said he was ‘stopping the whole criminal justice system from being hamstrung by what the Home Secretary would doubtless – and rightly – call the lefty human rights lawyers, and other do-gooders’

Lords Collins

Lord Dyson

Among the former judges are Lords Collins (left) and Dyson (right), who both recently left the UK Supreme Court

‘We invite both the Home Secretary and the Prime Minister to behave honourably by apologising for their display of hostility, and to refrain from such attacks in the future.’

Among the former judges are Lords Collins, Dyson and Walker, who recently left the supreme court, as well as onetime appeal court judges Sir Richard Buxton, Sir Anthony Hooper, Sir David Keene, Sir Alan Moses and Sir Stephen Sedley 

A government spokesperson said: ‘The government rejects the underlying insinuation in this letter and is clear any form of violence is unacceptable.

Sir Anthony Hooper

Sir Alan Moses

The letter, made in response to ‘recent attacks, made by the Home Secretary and echoed by the Prime Minister’ was also signed by former Court of Appeal Justices Sir Anthony Hooper (left) and Sir Alan Moses (right), who was formerly chairman of press standards body IPSO

‘Lawyers play an important role in upholding the law and ensuring people have access to justice. They are however not immune from criticism.’ 

It came as the Mail On Sunday revealed human rights lawyers are searching for asylum seekers to sue the Home Office in a group legal claim expected to cost taxpayers millions of pounds.

Thousands of people detained at any point in the three years to March 2017 could have a case, prompting controversial law firm Leigh Day to begin seeking potential clients, reassuring them of ‘a good prospect of success’ and adding that taxpayer-funded Legal Aid may be used to fund their claim.

The looming legal action is a blow to Home Secretary Priti Patel, who recently declared the asylum system to be ‘fundamentally broken’ and lambasted ‘Lefty lawyers’. 

It stems from a landmark Supreme Court ruling last November that the Home Office had unlawfully locked up five asylum seekers.

The Mail on Sunday understands the Home Office is close to agreeing damages for the five asylum seekers involved which could spark a flood of similar claims

The Mail on Sunday understands the Home Office is close to agreeing damages for the five asylum seekers involved which could spark a flood of similar claims

The five, who arrived in Britain illegally from Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq, had been detained under an EU regulation which states that asylum seekers should claim asylum in the first EU country they reach. 

Under the rules, only those deemed to be at ‘significant risk of absconding’ should be imprisoned, but five Supreme Court judges ruled Britain did not have proper policies in place to determine whether individuals posed this risk.

It is believed the Home Office is close to agreeing damages for the five asylum seekers involved which could spark a flood of similar claims. 

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Man dons hi-viz gear to install fake £95 speed camera outside house

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A father-of-two graphics designer launched a one-man war to stop speeders by setting up a fake speed camera outside his house.

Alexander Booth, 48, was sick of the frequent accidents on the busy stretch of B2149 outside his home in Bedhampton, Havant.

He decided to pull a ‘prank with a serious message’ by putting up a fake speed camera he bought on eBay for £95. 

The fake camera – made from wood, metal and a drainpipe – looked like a GATSO speed camera and was fixed on to a fence post with a bracket and a cable tie.  

Mr Booth donned a hi-viz jacket to put up the camera in the hopes that his learner-driver son wouldn’t have to contend with ‘boy racers’ roaring around the corner in the 30mph zone.

But when a Facebook post revealed the camera was just a prank within hours of it going up – Mr Booth launched a clever social media ‘disinformation campaign’ to convince locals that it was real. 

Alexander Booth, 48, was sick of the frequent accidents on the busy stretch of B2149 outside his home in Bedhampton, Havant, so set up a fake speed camera outside his house

The fake camera (pictured) was torn down in the dead of night just one day after it appeared

Alexander Booth, 48, (left) was sick of the frequent accidents on the busy stretch of B2149 outside his home in Bedhampton, Havant, so set up a fake speed camera (right) outside his house

Mr Booth decided to set up a 'prank with a serious message' by putting up a fake speed camera he bought on eBay for £95 - but it was stolen (pictured)

Mr Booth decided to set up a ‘prank with a serious message’ by putting up a fake speed camera he bought on eBay for £95 – but it was stolen (pictured)

‘My son was learning to drive and he was really struggling to pull out,’ he told MailOnline. ‘That’s what tipped me over the edge.

‘I had bought a fake speed camera on eBay for £95 seven years ago with the same idea, but I hadn’t put it up because I’m terrible at DIY. It just sat there gathering dust.

‘But this week I was cleaning out the garage and with my son struggling, I decided to go for it.

‘I used my graphics skills to touch up the paint and I printed some Gatso stickers for the side. My 75-year-old dad helped me as he’s good at DIY.

The fake camera, made from wood, looked like a GATSO speed camera and had been affixed on to a fence post with a cable tie

The fake camera, made from wood, looked like a GATSO speed camera and had been affixed on to a fence post with a cable tie

Mr Booth (pictured after the camera was stolen) donned a hi-viz jacket to put up the camera in the hopes that his learner-driver son wouldn't have to contend with 'boy racers' roaring around the corner in the 30mph zone

Mr Booth (pictured after the camera was stolen) donned a hi-viz jacket to put up the camera in the hopes that his learner-driver son wouldn’t have to contend with ‘boy racers’ roaring around the corner in the 30mph zone

‘I put on a hi-viz jacket with Gatso on it, so I looked official, and went for it. A police car cruised by and gave me a good look but it didn’t stop.

‘It worked like a dream at first,’ he added. ‘The traffic calmed down and all the boy racers started thinking twice before they came roaring round the corner.

‘But within a few hours, someone put a post on Facebook exposing it as a prank. It was then that I knew I had to fight back and start a disinformation campaign.’

Mr Booth, who is a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and an electric car enthusiast, asked his friends and neighbours to take to Facebook and claim to have been flashed by the camera.

‘We were trying to spread the fake news that it was real,’ he said. ‘It was really good fun actually, winding people up.

‘Some people started to get really angry. I didn’t realise how angry people get about speed cameras. They were threatening to burn it down and yank it over with a rope.’

When a Facebook post revealed the camera was just a prank within hours of it going up - Mr Booth launched a clever social media 'disinformation campaign' to convince locals that it was real. Pictured: Someone claiming to have been flashed by the fake camera on Facebook

When a Facebook post revealed the camera was just a prank within hours of it going up – Mr Booth launched a clever social media ‘disinformation campaign’ to convince locals that it was real. Pictured: Someone claiming to have been flashed by the fake camera on Facebook

The next day, the father-of-two went surfing in Bracklesham Bay near Chichester and ‘had a few drinks’ afterwards.

‘When I got back I was a bit merry and I decided it was time to ramp up the misinformation,’ he said.

‘I started posting on Facebook saying it was disgusting how people are claiming the camera was fake, just to catch people and get them tickets.

‘Friends of mine joined in. That made people go absolutely mental.

‘Then I posted a picture of myself in the high-viz jacket, saying “the authorities are investigating”. The next night someone came and nicked it.’

Mr Booth, who is keen on amateur dramatics, said he was in two minds about the identity of the thief. 

‘Either it was a nutter who wanted to carry on speeding,’ he said, ‘which would be weird as if they knew it was fake they’d just carry on anyway.

‘The other option is that someone stole it to put it up outside their own house, because it worked a treat.’

Some members of the local community were jubilant but others were devastated, he added.

‘Some people were as sad as me and they are the sensible ones,’ he said. ‘If it had stayed up, it might have saved lives.’ 

It appeared on Saturday on New Road in Bedhampton, Havant in Hampshire in a 30mph zone. But it had disappeared this morning according to a post on a local Facebook group which showed pictures of the drain pipe with nothing affixed to the top of it

It appeared on Saturday on New Road in Bedhampton, Havant in Hampshire in a 30mph zone. But it had disappeared this morning according to a post on a local Facebook group which showed pictures of the drain pipe with nothing affixed to the top of it

Revealing on Facebook that the camera was gone, Mr Booth wrote: ‘The speed camera box is now missing, disappeared in the night, with broken bits on the pavement. I guess people love going 45mph.’ 

The fake camera stood on private land in a small car park area shared by several houses.  

Sealant had been used and painted – making it look like it had been welded – and plastic drain pipe was also used. 

The fake camera stood on private land in a small car park area shared by several houses

 The fake camera stood on private land in a small car park area shared by several houses

Its design was very similar to a genuine one, but on close inspection, you could see it had been made of wood and fixed in place with a bracket onto a fence post and a cable tie

Its design was very similar to a genuine one, but on close inspection, you could see it had been made of wood and fixed in place with a bracket onto a fence post and a cable tie

The bushes had also been cut back, so the fake camera would be more visible to oncoming vehicles.

Many people stopped their cars to get out and have a look as the word quickly spread on social media that a new speed camera had appeared on the road. 

While it is not illegal for someone to install a fake speed camera on their land, doing so can still put them at risk of civil action if someone claims to be distracted by it.

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