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Stephen Mangan highlights farmer’s ‘murderous village’ sign on TV show

Worcestershire farmer Carl Powell and his notorious sign against the village of Peopleton took centre stage for jokes on Have I Got News For You this week.

Presenter and comedian Stephen Mangan asked teams to fill in the gaps on the newspaper headline about charges being dropped against the Evesham farmer.

Mangan then went on to explain how Powell had got into hot water for putting up the sign against his village that described Peopleton as “a murderous, lawless and godforsaken place probably, most definitely the nastiest village in Worcestershire” in February.

Read more: Charges dropped against farmer whose sign accused Worcestershire village of being ‘lawless’

Teams that included Paul Merton, Ian Hislop, Ross Noble and Ria Lina were left in hysterics over the Worcestershire sign.

Merton jokingly asked if Peopleton “was twinned with Basingstoke” on Episode 1 of Series 62 of the popular BBC1 show.

While Mangan went on to quip about the farmer: “I’m getting the impression he’s not really a Peopleton person.”

Carl Powell’s sign on his farm in Peopleton

It is further notoriety for the fiesty 75-year-old farmer, of Stone Arrow Farm, Peopleton, near Pershore.

Powell has also featured in various media and on BBC Radio 2 arguing his case against West Mercia Police with Jeremy Vine this year.

The farmer was initially summoned to Worcester Magistrates Court to face a Section 5 public order offence for causing harassment, alarm and distress to villagers over the sign.

Stephen Mangan highlights farmer's 'murderous village' sign on TV show
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This month, the Crown Prosecution Service decided to drop charges.

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