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Nissan X-Trail caught on anti-terror bollard in Canterbury


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A car has become stuck on a notorious anti-terror bollard in Canterbury.

The Nissan X-Trail has been lifted into the air after its rear axle was impaled by the rising bollard.

A car has been impaled on the anti-terror bollards in Canterbury. Photo: Paul Mitchard
A car has been impaled on the anti-terror bollards in Canterbury. Photo: Paul Mitchard

It is the latest victim of the infamous system, which has now claimed the undercarriages of at least 80 cars since its inception.

The pop-up posts are intended to provide a ring of protection around the city centre against terror attacks.

They allow access only to certain motorists, including residents and traders.

Their installation in November 2020 – on the advice of anti-terror police and at a cost of £789,000 – proved contentious, with many questioning the need for such measures.

But a separate issue has arisen, with vehicles continually being impaled on the automated bollards, which are controlled via an intercom and camera system.

A police car got stuck on the bollard in St Peter's Street. Picture: Howard Sanders
A police car got stuck on the bollard in St Peter's Street. Picture: Howard Sanders

In the 16 months leading up to April, there were 79 such incidents – including at least one involving a police car – with the majority caused by tailgating drivers.

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