A Lorry With A Giant Octopus On It Has Broken Down In The Middle Of Oxford Circus

DEVELOPING: It’s caused a gridloct. A GRIDLOh never mind.

1. This has happened.

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2. This has definitely happened.

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3. It has now been moved out of harm’s way so members of the general public are not currently at risk of attack.

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PR Examples reports that the Octopus was being delivered to bookmakers Betfair.

Is the stunt to do with the World Cup and Paul the Octopus? Seems a safe assumption.

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5. In other news, Twitter has been amusing this morning.

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Inanimate model of a giant octopus on a broken down truck at Oxford Circus still moves 80% faster than the tourist in front of you

— David Wyllie (@journodave)
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I reckon the giant octopus in Oxford Circus is an Apple Store promotion for it's launch of the iCephalopod.

— Tiernan Douieb (@TiernanDouieb)
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Picked the wrong day to nail a salmon to the wall at South Acton.

— Keri (@kerihw)
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Confirmed: it belongs to Betfair.

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We'd like to apologise for any inconvenience that has been caused by the breakdown this morning at Oxford Circus. While transporting a (1/2)

— Betfair (@Betfair)
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… prop which was used in a recent advertising campaign, unfortunately our truck broke down on its way to a holding location (2/2)

— Betfair (@Betfair)
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And that is the story of the giant octopus in central London.

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Alan White is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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