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Fake severed hand in central reservation leads to road closure

Officers found a bloody hand and wrist lying on the gravel which turned out to be a prop. • Police who closed a major road after a motorist spotted a suspicious item have said it was a realistic-looking fake severed hand. Cleveland and Durham Roads Policing Unit shut the A19 near Middlesbrough on Wednesday evening while investigations we

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Police arrest road rage swan

Police arrest road rage swan

Officers in stitches as incident resembles movie Hot Fuzz. • An angry swan was "arrested" by police following a road rage incident. The rogue bird was detained at around 7am on Monday in the back of a patrol car for offences Cambridgeshire officers described as "road rage, an RTC and obstructing the highway"

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Cops called as 40 cows wreak havoc in village

Cops called as 40 cows wreak havoc in village

It was udder mayhem... • Officers deserve a pat on the back after successfully herding 40 rogue cows. Villagers in Bollington, Cheshire, were rudely awoken on Sunday morning by a multitude of moos. And when they thought things couldn’t get any worse they discovered the mischievous bovine had munched away on their prized flowerbeds and

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Owl causes 999 call response chaos

Owl causes 999 call response chaos

The force was in a bit of a flap after the bird took out its system. • A force’s feathers were ruffled on Monday when an owl flew into an electricity substation, causing outage to its system. Engineers frantically worked to get the power up and running again whilst Avon and Somerset Constabulary dealt with the reduced 999 service

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Body popping carnival bobby goes viral

Body popping carnival bobby goes viral

Officer reached the semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent earlier this year. • A dancing policeman turned out to be one of the highlights of Notting Hill Carnival over the weekend. The Metropolitan Police constable was filmed body-popping next to the Rampage sound system at the street festival with the footage becoming hugely popular on soci

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