Man builds life-size model of Cliff Richard to protect his wife when she drives alone

"I've got too much time on my hands since I've retired," admits David Stolworthy

A man in Norwich has created a life-size model of Cliff Richard to make his wife feel more safe when she drives alone at night.

David Stolworthy, who lives with his wife in the town of Costessey, created the model as a security measure for Mrs Stolworthy when she is travelling in the couple’s car without her husband.

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The model, which is made from a head bought at a car boot sale and has a body made from cushions and MDF wood, also travels with the couple when they go away on holiday.

“I’ve got too much time on my hands since I’ve retired,” Stolworthy told BBC News of his creation. He also claimed that the model caused surprisingly few problems when travelling abroad. “I couldn’t believe it at Dunkirk when we got the ferry. Cliff was sitting in the back seat in clear view but nobody said anything at the border control. It was unbelievable.”

Earlier this year Cliff Richard was interviewed by police following a search of the singer’s Berkshire home by police investigating an alleged historical sex abuse charge.