Tuesday 16 January 2018

Police on the hop in wallaby alert

A wallaby similar to the one pictured has been causing consternation on the roads
A wallaby similar to the one pictured has been causing consternation on the roads

It must rank among the more bizarre police appeals this side of the equator.

While motorists in Australia will be familiar with warnings about errant wallabies, the people of Gloucestershire are now being asked to keep their eyes peeled for the creatures.

In the last few days Gloucestershire Police have received a number of calls from members of the public reporting sightings of a wallaby or kangaroo on the A40 near Highnam.

The most recent report was on Monday, shortly after 10pm.

The majority of sightings have been around dusk and dawn, officers said.

A police spokesman said: "Inquiries are being made with local organisations to establish if any marsupials are missing.

"In the meantime drivers are advised to take extra caution when travelling through the area."

Press Association

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