A fake severed bloody arm brought a stretch of motorway to a standstill on Thursday, police have revealed.
The M62 in Merseyside was closed by police after drivers reported seeing the Halloween-style limb on a slip road.
Police feared that the fake arm could have been from a real person and closed the road causing several hours of travel disruptions for thousands of motorists.
Merseyside Police said several people reported seeing the severed arm prompting them to close the road.
After an extensive hunt by officers and the Northwest Motorway Group, the joke shop limb was recovered.
The drama ended shortly after 4.30pm after two council workers who had heard about the incident contacted police to tell them they had found a fake arm on the carriageway earlier in the day, and the road was reopened.
Detective Inspector Tom Keaton, from Knowsley CID, said: "Merseyside Police put a lot of resources into this incident and not only has it caused expense both in terms of time and money, it caused traffic chaos for motorists and was extremely upsetting for the drivers who saw the plastic arm in the road.
"We would like to thank the public for their patience and understanding while this enforced road closure was in place."
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