Cambridgeshire

Giant inflatable Santa breaks free to hold up traffic

Santa Image copyright Muhammad Fareed
Image caption The inflatable Santa broke free of its moorings in Wisbech

Drivers found themselves stuck in a lengthy ho-ho-hold up when a giant inflatable Santa landed on a busy road.

The floating Father Christmas broke free of its moorings and drifted on to the Cromwell Road in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, blocking it in both directions at about 13:30 GMT.

Taxi driver Muhammad Fareed captured the stricken Santa on camera as he waited in a queue of traffic.

"It was one of the more unusual reasons to be stuck in traffic," he said.

A traffic alert by the AA said the road was "partially blocked - and slow traffic due to a large inflatable Santa on B198 Cromwell Road both ways in Wisbech".

'It was massive'

Mr Fareed, a father-of-three from Peterborough, said the giant Santa had broken free from the front garden of a house on Cromwell Road.

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"I saw it wobble and then come down on to the road - it did raise a smile."

He said two men were attempting to pull the inflatable off the carriageway by the time he passed the scene.

"It was massive, bigger than my seven-seater car," he said.

The road has since reopened.

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