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Swan hogs middle lane of the M5 and refuses to move

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Police officers inadvertently recreated a scene from the movie Hot Fuzz when they were forced to chase a swan off a fast moving motorway.

The M5 had to be closed after the swan ended up on the road and refused to be moved from the middle lane.

In similar style to the comedy movie staring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, officers from Devon and Cornwall Police were caught trying to tackle the bird.

Sergeant Harry Tangye said the swan was '"standing around in lane 2" of the motorway at around 6am on February 17.

Tangye was a member of the armed response team who were tasked with getting the swan off the road and into the adjacent field.

Waterbirds like swans are prone to landing on roads when it is dark, especially after rain. They mistake the wet surface for a pond, lake or river.



Second person arrested after swan shooting

George was shot with a crossbow - he has now been released back into the wild. Credit: Vale Wildlife Hospital

A second person has been arrested on suspicion of injuring a swan.

The 15-year-old boy, from Cheltenham, was arrested and interviewed by police on Wednesday (02/02). He was bailed pending further enquiries.

George, a male swan, was shot in the head with a crossbow in Pittville Park, Cheltenham, last week and was seriously injured.

He was treated at Vale Wildlife Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre and after making a good recovery, was released back to the lake.

Earlier this week, a 48-year-old man from Cheltenham was arrested in connection with the incident. He was bailed to return to the police station on 22 February 2017.

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