From Total Essex:
A GIANT scarecrow mounted on a 20 foot cross has been agitating more than just birds in Billericay.
The gigantic stuffed figure, complete with a miniature counterpart, has been erected in a Jesus-like pose at the junction of Barleylands Road and Southend Road – and many of the area’s Christians are not happy.
Assembled in the first week of Lent, the massive scarecrow, seemingly mounted on a huge cross, has been a source of controversy for the faithful in and around Billericay.
One furious woman called the Gazette to express her displeasure over the huge bird-scarer.
The mother from Billericay, who refused to give her name, said: “I think it’s incredibly distasteful and it is making fun of Jesus.
“I drove past the scarecrow with my daughter and she said, ‘Look, Mummy, there’s a man on a cross’ – I don’t think she should see that. It’s an unmistakable crucifix and it’s making a mockery out of my religion.”