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Exeter City vs Newport match delayed after M5 cattle incident

The M5 came to a standstill earlier today as thousands of cars an hour made their way into the South West to enjoy the sunshine.

A trailer transporting animals overturned on the M5 at Exeter in the southbound carriageway.

Traffic was temporarily halted in both directions while the cattle were transferred into an undamaged vehicle.

The referee for Exeter City's home game against Newport decided to delay kick-off until 15:30 to allow everyone to arrive.

M5 reopened after overnight repairs following a lorry fire

Firefighters battle to bring the blaze under control. Credit: Highways England

The M5 southbound has been reopened after work was done to resurface the road following a lorry fire.

Emergency services were called to the scene just before midday on Sunday after a lorry carrying hay burst into flames.

The road remained closed overnight between Stroud (Junction 13) and Thornbury (Junction 14) to allow for resurfacing and a clean up.

The M5 southbound was closed from midday yesterday. Credit: Highways England

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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.

M5 Northbound closed after lorry fire

The main carriageway of the M5 Northbound is closed at Junction 11 in Gloucestershire after a lorry carrying a large amount of timber caught fire last night.

Traffic is being diverted via exit and entry slip roads.


Emergency services at scene of M5 accident

All emergency services have been deployed to the M5 in the Somerset after an accident between Junction 22 for Burnham-on-Sea and 23 for Bridgwater North.

Two lanes have been closed. Motorists are being advised to expect delays.

Two vehicles have been involved in the collision.

Woman charged following M5 closure

A woman has been charged with causing a public nuisance after the M5 was closed for more than two hours over safety fears.

The road was closed southbound between Junction 27 and Junction 26 - with traffic tailing back for more than 20 miles.

ailbacks at junction 27 for Tiverton Credit:

Officers later said the woman was "safe and well" and re-opened the road.

But they later said they had charged 25-year-old Abigail Wyatt with causing a public nuisance in relation to the incident.

The woman, from Wellington, has been bailed to appear at Taunton Deane Magistrates Court on September 12.

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