THE village of Mildenhall in Suffolk is in uproar after a puddle appeared on a country road. Villagers are still in disbelief at the mass of water which measures 17 inches by 5 inches approximately.
The puddle appeared yesterday outside a Bed and Breakfast on Friday Street and was first spotted by Steven Dixon-Collins who owns stables and gallops in nearby Newmarket. He alerted the emergency services who quickly attended. He said: "I was walking out of the driveway and saw something catch my eye, I thought it was the lovely paving being caught by the winter sunshine but on closer inspection, I noticed it was a puddle - I couldn't believe it."
Police and Fire Services closed the road to allow them to deal with the offending mass of precipitation but it took them up to 8 hours to decide how to deal with it.
Holly Cook-Jones, 57, from Mildenhall was still reeling from shock. She said: "In my entire life, never have I witnessed such a ghastly thing. It shows you the state this country is in when things like this can happen here. I shall be writing to my Member of Parliament and demanding that he does something about it."
A statement from Police said: "We can confirm that a puddle was reported in the Friday Street area of Mildenhall. We liaised with Fire Crews and council officials to work towards a solution and we are still in the midst of a solution to the problem. We would like to assure members of the village that the puddle has been temporarily covered to avoid offence and we will be doing everything in our power to ensure it is removed."