AN HISTORIC fingerpost has been lovingly restored and protected with SelectaDNA to ensure its future.
The sign, which has a wooden post, three metal ‘fingers’ and 160 cast alloy letters and numbers, is situated in the Dorset area and had been continually vandalised and targeted for metal theft over a 10-year period.
After raising money from various community sources, BBC Radio Solent and Dorset District Council, local resident Peter Jones took on the restoration of the sign as a personal project.
“I was fed up of looking at the sign and just seeing a broken stump,” he said. “I decided something needed to be done to put off potential thieves.
“When I found out about SelectaDNA Grease, an invisible substance which would transfer onto the hands and clothing of vandals if they attempt to remove the post or its fingers, I thought that was the perfect answer. The police are able to read the DNA code in the grease under UV light and place the vandal at the scene of the crime."
Fingerposts date back to the 1600s and were originally intended as signs for horse-drawn carriage drivers, letting them know how far they were from their destination.
Peter said: “It took me 18 months to complete the restoration. The sign is now higher off the ground and more difficult for vandals to reach. It has also been smeared in DNA Grease, which will come off on anyone who tries to tamper with it. Warning signage is visible to alert potential thieves to the fact that the sign is marked.
“I hope that the sign will now be left alone to do the job it has done so well for all these years,” said Peter.
For further information and images contact: Angela Singleton, Press Officer for Selectamark.
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