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Salt and banana mystery at junction

PUBLISHED: 15:01 19 June 2008 | UPDATED: 10:31 11 August 2010

Road sweeper John White with some of the 'offerings'

Road sweeper John White with some of the 'offerings'

RESIDENTS have been baffled by the behaviour of a lady who has been leaving daily offerings in the middle of the road in Barking. Every morning for the last 10 days, the middle-aged woman has been placing carrier bags filled with foodstuffs on the fou

RESIDENTS have been baffled by the behaviour of a lady who has been leaving daily 'offerings' in the middle of the road in Barking.

Every morning for the last 10 days, the middle-aged woman has been placing carrier bags filled with foodstuffs on the four traffic islands at the corner of Upney Lane and Meadow Road.

So far the bags have contained boxes of salt, bananas, or a combination of the two.

On Thursday last week, she added squares of a scarlet coloured material, in additional to the salt boxes.

John White, a street sweeper whose patch includes Upney Lane, is caught between amusement at the lady's antics, and irritation at the extra work it is causing.

He told the POST: "It's a mystery. I have been doing this job for three years and I've never seen anything like it."

"I've cleared at least 60 boxes of salt now," he added.

The boxes of salt, which are unopened, appear to come from the nearby Lidl supermarket.

Erdil Hassan, who runs the 'Essentials' supermarket on Upney Lane, said: "I saw her one day on one of the islands. I just caught a glimpse of her. She was middle aged, stocky and of African appearance.


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