A traffic jam was caused in Oxford Circus this morning after a lorry broke down carrying an unusual load – a giant octopus.
The vehicle towing the eight-legged model was caught on traffic cameras after it came to a stop in the middle of the road at about 9.15am.
The lorry was moved 10 minutes later and was blocking lane one on Regent Street northbound at Margaret Street.
@TFL reported the news on its Twitter account.
A lorry carrying an octopus has broken down at Oxford Circus. Approach with care. pic.twitter.com/GpQQEEoZi8— TfL Traffic News (@TfLTrafficNews) June 3, 2014
Roman Self-Drive, the vehicle hire service transporting the polystyrene octopus, told The Independent they were aware one of their vans were being used to transport a giant octopus around London, and believed it may be related to the World Cup.
The octopus was apparently being delivered to bookmaker Betfair, according to Prexamples.