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Beware of traffic hams: escaped pigs cause road chaos

Little swine: the pigs forced the closure of the A21 in south east London Credit: TfLTrafficNews and Kier Highways

Drivers were caught up in a serious traffic ham after a major London road was closed by escaped pigs on the loose.

Transport bosses said they were forced to shut the A21 Sevenoaks Road for several hours due to "pigs in the carriageway" on Saturday morning.

They tweeted several pictures of several of the small porkers enjoying their moment of freedom alongside the normally busy road.

The pigs' escapades closed the road between Hewitts Roundabout and the village of Pratt's Bottom from 11am on Saturday.

They were finally rounded up and the road re-opened at around 3.30pm.



Kennel Club 'deeply shocked' at death of Crufts show dog

The organisers of Crufts dog show have said they are "deeply shocked and saddened" at the news that one of the canine competitors in this year's event has died 26 hours after competing.

Three-year-old Irish setter Jagger reportedly collapsed and died after returning to his home in Belgium on Friday, sparking fears he may have been poisoned. A toxicology report is due next week.

Kennel Club secretary Caroline Kisko released the following statement today:

'Wildlife black market thriving in the West,' Prince warns

Prince William told guests at a wildlife reception in New York that Western nations could look "closer to home" to remedy the problem of the illegal trade in exotic animal products.

The 32-year-old royal said "iconic species are being "illegally butchered in the name of trinkets and medicine".

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