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Runaway Canoe closes M1 outside lane

Credit: Highways England.

A canoe has been moved by traffic officers after being found in the outside lane of the M1.

The "unusual debris" was found on the southbound carriageway of the motorway between junctions 30 and 29a in Derbyshire this morning.

The Highways Agency said traffic was held briefly while the red canoe was cleared from the road. The department tweeted:

Photos: Skulls and remains found on Telford motorway

Here are the latest photos from ITV News Central from the scene in Telford, where police investigating the discovery of a human skull near a motorway slip road in Telford have found further skeletal remains.

Experts remain on the scene Credit: ITV Central
The area has been cordoned off Credit: ITV Central
The area has been cordoned off Credit: ITV Central
The discovery was made on the M54 by Junction 4 Credit: ITV Central


Pig destroyed after running onto motorway

A pig that escaped from a local farm and spent hours running along the M1 in Leicester has been destroyed.

Leicestershire Police first received calls from people sighting the pig alongside the motorway around 3.00pm today.

The Northbound carriageway of the M1 in Leicester Forest East area was closed as officers along with the RSPCA tried for several hours to capture the pig.

As it grew darker the decision was made to destroy the pig as it posed a greater risk to the public if it was to run onto the motorway.

A local farmer has claimed the pig was his and has been kept informed throughout the day.

The motorway has now been re-opened.

Motorway bridge death

Police investigating the death of a woman who fell from a bridge over the M1 say they're not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

The woman, who has not yet been named, fell on to the motorway near Nottingham at about 11.50pm last night.

Diversions between junctions 25 and 26 were set up after the incident but the motorway has now reopened in both directions.

"Nobody else was injured in the incident and officers are not looking for anybody else connected with the fall."

– Police spokesman