Pothole repaired – with rabbit inside

COUNCIL workmen tarred over a dead rabbit as they filled in a hole in the road in countryside on the edge of Sheffield.

Ecclesfield taxi driver Carl Garnham, aged 41, said he was shocked to find a newly-repaired pothole on Mortimer Road, between Dale Dyke and Strines Reservoir, with the rabbit’s body sticking out from under the new surface.

He said he was admiring the view with a friend when they saw the pothole. “At the time we laughed a little about it and thought that the council workers who had filled in the hole had maybe a strange sense of humour or perhaps were running out of tar.

“God forbid they start filling potholes in with cats and dogs! It is all very funny but what about the damage to the car suspensions because of poor road maintenance?”

It follows a case in which asphalt was spread in a pothole around the tyres of a van in Badger Road, Woodhouse.

Council cabinet member for communities Coun Shaffaq Mohammed, who is responsible for Street Force, said: “Clearly I am concerned to hear of these incidents. I will be taking the cases up with the head of Street Force to make sure that we are filling in potholes properly.”