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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".