Traffic in the Northwest of England on the busy M62 motorway towards Liverpool was brought to a standstill yesterday when police closed the road to investigate a severed arm on the carriageway.
The arm had been spotted by passing motorists in the centre lane, and police were alerted.
Very quickly, the road was closed, and a crime scene was implemented, with the forensics team from Liverpool drafted in by helicopter. At one point there were thirty police cars, a helicopter, the coroner's van, two ambulances, and a fire engine on the M62 near Knowsley.
Stranded motorists were all out of their cars in a baking hot rush hour traffic jam ogling at what was going on beyond the cordon. As per police procedure, none of the authorities approached the arm, instead concentrating on locating the rest of the body with a finger tip search of the hard shoulder that turned up two mobile phones, one training shoe, a complete car wheel, two dead starlings and a bear skin rug.
When the crime scene investigators finally arrived, they approached the arm, quickly diffusing the carnival by announcing that the arm was a prosthetic limb.
"We would like to trace the owner of the arm," said Detective Inspector Phil Inns. "From examining the prosthetic we know he is Caucasian, about six feet tall, with only one arm. Because we have the other one."