Yet more anecdotal evidence of the creeping nanny state: a licensee in Durham has been told to remove four A-boards outside his pub for fear they could prove a "distraction to drivers". Paul Mash, of the Garden House, in Durham, was told by the county council he must remove the boards as they were illegal under highway laws. He has claimed that Durham County Council threatened to take the boards away, impound them, then break them up, if he did not comply with the request. His landlord Enterprise Inns is helping him in his battle with the council – and his local MP Roberta Blackman-Woods has also taken up the case. In response, Durham County Council said removing “illegal advertising signs on the highways” was one of its “top priorities”. Steve Keetley, head of technical services, added: "We have, therefore, asked the manager of the Garden House pub to remove signs from the grass verge in front of his premises because they were illegal under highways law. "The signs were not only a distraction to drivers, but could easily have been blown or fallen into the road causing a hazard to vehicles." The case is similar to a situation in Wiltshire in 2008, where a pub was forced to take down its roadside sign over fears it would encourage drink driving. However the Black Dog, in Chilmark, won an appeal against the decision and councillors allowed the sign to be re-instated.