It wasn’t handy for drivers, but a suspicious item which closed part of the A19 did turn out to be ‘armless.
Cleveland Police shut a lane near Stockton on Tuesday evening after an “eagle-eyed” driver spotted something odd in the central reservation.
Officers found the object was in fact a “realistic looking” fake severed hand and reopened the northbound lane between Portrack and Norton.
A Facebook thread on the subject attracted almost 300 comments.
“Told you the handcuffs were too tight,” one user quipped.