British police closed a main road after discovering a 'severed hand' on the hard shoulder which turned out to be a costume prop.

Police close road after finding severed hand

Police close road after finding severed hand

Cleveland and Durham road police closed the major A19 near Middlesbrough after reports of the sliced off body part on the side of the road, the Mirror Online reports.

While completely their investigation, detectives realised the hand was actually a rubber prop and quickly reopened the road.

Taking to Facebook, officers wrote: ''In a nutshell, an eagle-eyed diligent member of the motoring public spotted a suspicious looking item in the central reservation.

''Officers have attended and it has been found to be a realistic looking severed hand. No doubt comments will be forthcoming - please!''

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