Swan Holds Up Motorway In Hot Fuzz-Style Incident
There are few excuses more British than ‘I was late for work because a swan blocked the motorway’.
But that was exactly the issue faced by motorists on the M27 in Hampshire today. In a scene straight out of Hot Fuzz, a swan landed in the eastbound outside lane between junctions 11 and 12 then evaded police briefly before finally getting nabbed.
A quick-witted driver managed to avert disaster by parking their pick-up truck across the middle and outer lanes as the swan, which was described as ‘stubborn’ by one witness, preened itself while angry motorists pootled by.
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Officers eventually arrived but the swan wasn’t too impressed at their attempts to round it up. After a failed attempt to fly away, the animal was caught and moved to the hard shoulder before being transferred to a rescue centre in Portsmouth.
The centre manager, Richard Stokes, told the BBC: ‘Swans think the motorway is a river when it has been raining and the tarmac is wet, which is why it was running up and down the carriageway.’
Poor swan. Poor motorists.
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