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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.


Anyone missing their best friend? Toy dog found on the M5

A mission is underway to reunite a toy lost on the motorway with its owner.

Highways England say they found the immaculate puppy on the hard shoulder between Bristol and Clevedon.

Fingers crossed for a happy reunion.

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