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Last Updated: Monday, 2 May, 2005, 14:06 GMT 15:06 UK
Runaway horses take motorway slip
Horses cause M8 chaos
CCTV images shows the horses causing chaos on the M8
Drivers had to take evasive action on a busy city centre motorway when two horses galloped down the carriageway.

Stunned motorists watched as Dandy and Gandy trotted onto the M8 at Townhead, Glasgow, at about 0620 BST on Monday.

Traffic police had to direct vehicles while officers spent almost three hours trying to catch the runaways.

CCTV footage showed the horses running along the outside lane of the carriageway in the wrong direction with cars swerving to avoid them.

A spokeswoman for Strathclyde Police said: "We received reports of two horses on the M8 on Monday morning.

"The horses were captured at 9.05am and taken to a farm in Stepps. We have now established the owner of the horses. She is arranging for their collection."

'Minor disruption'

Police said that the horses were from a farm in the Gartcosh area, though the owner did not want to be identified.

It is not known how the animals came to be on the motorway.

CCTV footage showed the horses running along the outside lane of the carriageway in the wrong direction.

One driver was seen to brake to a halt when he saw the horses running towards him.

However, there was less traffic on the road than usual as many commuters stayed at home on the bank holiday.

The police spokeswoman added: "It could have been a lot worse. There was a wee bit of disruption."

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