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The final straw? Police clear heavy bales from country road

Police officers pushing straw bales off the road at Hempnall, on the Norfolk and Suffolk border. Picture: SOUTH NORFOLK POLICE

Police officers pushing straw bales off the road at Hempnall, on the Norfolk and Suffolk border. Picture: SOUTH NORFOLK POLICE

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For police working a long and tiring shift during the hot weather, it might well have been the last straw.

But these officers were only too glad to roll up and get their hands dirty by clearing away four heavy bales of straw which were blocking a country road.

Even though police are trained to expect the unexpected, officers might have been forgiven for thinking their Sunday afternoon would be spent catching criminals instead of clearing away straw bales blocking the B1527 near Hempnall.

But sure enough, a carriageway clearance vehicle was sent to the scene on the Norfolk and Suffolk border on August 5 to ensure the path was clear for motorists.

South Norfolk Police posted a photograph on Twitter of an officer pushing the bales out of the way, joking: “The vehicle wasn’t required this time. Manpower was all that was needed.”

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