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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.

Injured scaffolder's fundraising page hits £100k

The fundraising page set up for Jamie Mines has reached £100,000

A crowdfunding site set up to raise money for a scaffolder from Somerset, who had his hands and a leg amputated after he was electrocuted, has reached £100,000.

Jamie Mines from Frome was injured at work just before Christmas.

The father of twin girls was placed in a coma just days before his first Christmas with them. The page was set up by a friend to help with his rehabilitation.


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