A roof that blew off in high winds has been ‘folded up’ by a digger to reopen a closed road.

Wiltshire Police thanked Swindon Borough Council for lending them the use of a JCB digger to clear the piece of roof that was blocking the Great Western Way around 2:30pm.

It is not yet known where the ‘large portion of roof’ blew off from, although enquiries have been put into nearby businesses.

The roof created traffic on the major road, which was cleared around 3:47pm.

Wiltshire Police said: “Our thanks to Swindon Borough Council for the loan of a JCB which ‘folded up’ the large piece of roof which landed on the carriageway. 

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“All moved now and the road is open.”

This follows the Met Office issuing an urgent weather warning that Swindon and Wiltshire are set to be buffeted by strong winds.

It says that a yellow weather warning for wind is now in place from 6.25am on Monday morning through to 10pm on Monday evening. 

A spokesperson said: "Strong winds may cause some disruption through Monday."

Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely and 'probably’ some bus and train services will be affected, with some journeys taking longer.