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The Twelfth: PSNI threaten to hand out Spice Girls CDs to public who question 'Road Closed' signs today

By Claire Williamson

The PSNI Facebook pages have once again shown their humorous side as they threatened to hand out Spice Girls CDs to anyone who questions 'Road Closed' signs across Northern Ireland today.

With the annual Orange Order parades taking place across the country there are many road closures to facilitate them.

But the PSNI Facebook pages, which often offer a light-hearted take on events, bemoaned road-users who ask about trying to get down a road - despite signs saying 'road closed'.

PSNI Craigavon said they would hand-out Spice Girls CDs to road-users who question the signs.

It said: "We will be out directing traffic, closing some roads, but trying to keep disruption to a minimum.

"Now, this happens every time we stand in the middle of the road directing people away from a junction...99% of people accept it, drive on, even wave, until that ONE pulls up: "Oh is the road closed? Can I not go down there?" ‪#‎FacePalm‬

"Did you know that Spice Girls, Wannabe is 20 years old this week?! I dug out my old copy (don't judge me, my first girlfriend bought it for me.) As I headed home off night shift, that CD was given to my parade duty colleagues. The first person to ask them one of those questions will be forcibly given that CD. You have been warned."

It added: "We'll get all the roads open as soon as we can but PLEASE, just trust us when our signals and gestures say "Road Closed".

The PSNI Ards Facebook page also joined in.

It said: "Half-way through and I am earning my overtime today I can tell you.

"This sign (road closed) might seem pretty straight forward to you and me. Doesn’t stop every other motorist asking me “is the road closed?”

"Even more amusing are the people parking inbetween the no parking cones. So glad my colleagues were out at 6am putting out cones to make your parking easier.

"Please pay attention to our signs and cones for the return parades. I promise they are out for a reason and not just to annoy you.

"It’s only once a year people, as my favourite band Take That sang. Have a little patience."

Meanwhile a Twelfth day reveller tried to hitch a ride with the PSNI to no avail.

Officers posted the image saying - "no helmet, no backie".

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