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Police called out to reports of body by motorway - find druid doing yoga

A concerned member of the public reported seeing a body near J11 on the M56. Credit: Google Earth

Police called out to the side of a motorway in Cheshire found that reports of a dead body by the roadside were in fact far less sinister.

A call from a concerned member of the public prompted an "extensive" search of the area by North West Motorway Police - who were initially unable to find "the body".

But officers eventually found the man in question alive and well - he said he was a druid practicing yoga.

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The misunderstanding amused many of the force's followers on Twitter, one of who thanked the social media account for "making me laugh so hard I cried".

Nine-year-old boy dies as car overturns on M56

Junction 14 of the motorway, in Elton, close to Hapsford Services Credit: MEN Syndication

A nine-year-old boy from Manchester has died after a car overturned on the M56.

Emergency services were called to junction 14 of the motorway, in Elton, close to Hapsford Services, near Chester, on Sunday, July 31.

They discovered a dark blue Ford Focus overtuned on the carriageway just before 4pm.

The boy, from Benchill, Wythenshawe, was pronounced dead at the scene.

It is understood the boy was the front seat passenger of the vehicle.

A 15-year-old boy in the rear passenger seat was taken to Alder Hey Hospital.

The 42-year-old driver was taken to Aintree Hospital.

Images shared on social media sites show the car overturned on a slip road surrounded by police vehicles.

All exit and entry slip roads at junction 14 were temporarily closed while police cleared the scene.

Anyone with any information in relation to the incident is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 640 of 31/7/2016.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Travel update: One lane closed on M56

M56 Westbound between J7 A556 (Bowdon) and J9 M6 (Lymm Interchange) Credit: Highways England

One lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M56 Westbound between J7 A556 (Bowdon) and J9 M6 (Lymm Interchange).

Lane one (of three) closed. Traffic coping well. Affecting traffic from Manchester Airport towards Warrington.

M56 multiple crash update

Cheshire police say emergency services worked through the night to clear the huge tailbacks on the M56. There were two accidents just before the rush hour last night closing the road for more than 12 hours causing huge tailbacks throughout the night.

Tailbacks lasted for hours Credit: MEN Syndication

In the first, a tanker crashed spilling hazardous chemicals onto the carriageway. A number of cars were evacuated as a precaution and taken to nearby Hapsford Services. Residents in the area near to the spillage were advised to take shelter and keep their doors and windows shut. Eight people were injured, but all have since been treated.

Lorry crash on the M56 Credit: MEN Syndication

A short time later there was another accident nearby when a car transporter and another car crashed. Two men in their 20's and a 1 year old boy were taken to hospital; they in a stable condition. The carriageway between 11 and 14 reopened in both directions at around 4am this morning.