Leeds & West Yorkshire

Pig on M62 near Leeds causes traffic woes

The pig on the motorway Image copyright Highways England/Crown Copyright
Image caption The pig was loose on the M62 near Leeds

A busy motorway was brought to a standstill by a lone pig trotting around on the carriageway.

Highways England said the porcine interloper was spotted on the M62 between junctions 28 and 29, south of Leeds, at about 19:00 BST.

Traffic was held in both directions for more than an hour while the animal was recovered near Tingley.

The West Yorkshire Police Dogs unit aided in the capture of the pig. The motorway was reopened at about 20:30.

A Highways England spokesman said the road was closed at about 19:20 causing a 3.5 mile (5.6km) queue eastbound and a 1.8 mile (3km) tailback westbound.

Image copyright Highways England/Crown Copyright
Image caption The pig made its way to the central reservation
Image copyright Highways England/Crown Copyright
Image caption The pig was recovered by the West Yorkshire Police Dogs unit

West Yorkshire Police Road Policing Unit said the seven week-old piglet had escaped from a moving vehicle.

The force tweeted later to say the animal had been reunited with its owner.

Image copyright WestYorks Police RPU
Image caption The seven-week-old piglet was said to have escaped from a moving vehicle

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