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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