Hampshire & Isle of Wight

'Satnav error' gets cars stuck in Hampshire field

Car stuck in xxx field
Image caption Local residents say cars have got stuck in this field six times in the past six weeks

A suspected error in a satnav update has been sending drivers down a Hampshire bridle path into a field where they become stuck in deep mud.

Residents near the path in Bishops Waltham, Hampshire, said it had happened several times. They have put up a warning sign.

Boarhunt Recovery said it has towed two cars, a van and lorry from the field.

Google Maps admitted its satnav app showed the path, called Pondside Lane, as a road but had fixed the error.

Colin Ryan from the Boarhunt vehicle rescue and recovery business said the first cases were at the beginning of November and suspected satnavs updated information about the area at about that time following a new housing development.

Resident Tony Hunt said: "There have been half a dozen in the space of six weeks. I spoke to the driver of the lorry who said he was using his satnav."

A Google spokeswoman said: "We encourage people to let us know if they spot a problem in maps by using the Report a Problem tool, found at the bottom right corner of the map, or in the menu in the mobile app, or by contributing their local knowledge and updates to the map using Google Map Maker."

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