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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

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A section of the M2 has reopened - more than eight hours after an Asda receipt was found near a slip road.

Highways Agency experts say the receipt has now been removed from near the exit slip road at Junction 5 of the M2 coastbound carriageway for Sittingbourne and the Stockbury roundabout.

It was found at 8.15am by a passing motorist who had to swerve to avoid it. Michael Blackburn said "I was driving to work and out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a plain, basic, white piece of paper on the road. I had to swerve my car to avoid the receipt as I didn't want it sticking to my tyre. I almost crashed and could have been killed, but it was worth it knowing my tyre was receipt-free."

Agency staff said the clearance operation was made more difficult because of the position of the receipt and the length of it.

A Highways Agency spokesman said: "The receipt was quite long, which delayed the operation of removing it from the motorway lanes. Whoever it belonged to bought about 50 packs of Asda Smart Price digestive biscuits from Asda's Sittingbourne branch."

But traffic built up throughout the day, with motorists reporting delays back to Junction 4 and beyond.

Police, ambulance and the Highways Agency were all called to the scene. The road was closed to traffic at 8.30am.

A woman who drove past the receipt, but who doesn't wish to be named, said she was shocked that it was sitting in the middle of the road.

She said: "The receipt was just sitting in the middle of the road, I couldn't believe what I was seeing."

"It's surprising nobody was injured as this happened during rush hour."

Highways officers eventually took the decision to stop traffic travelling along the M2 at around 8.45am.

Police confirmed that the receipt was from Asda's Sittingbourne store and included the purchase of 50 packs of smart price digestive biscuits but did not comment on when the receipt was printed or who it belonged to.

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