A64 temporarily closed after escaped flock of sheep wander onto dual carriageway

Police have thanked motorists for their patience after they had to close a dual carriageway to round up a stray flock of sheep.

The stray flock of sheep on the A64 near Tadcaster. Credit: NYP

Traffic was temporarily halted on the A64 near Tadcaster on Sunday morning after the sheep escaped on to the road, North Yorkshire Police said.

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The force posted a photograph of the incident on social media, showing cars and lorries waiting at a distance behind the "unruly" flock. North Yorkshire Police Roads Policing Group said on Facebook: "Without wanting to bleat on, we dealt with a large amount of baaaarmy sheep this morning being a bit woolly about what they were doing on the A64 near Tadcaster.

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The force control room also posted the picture on Twitter, adding: "This was the scene from the A64 earlier today when both lanes had to be shut at Tadcaster whilst we dealt with this unruly group!"