Published: Thu, September 21, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Drivers trapped for hours after M1 closed as police probe suspicious object

Drivers trapped for hours after M1 closed as police probe suspicious object

Traffic is being held up between junction 15 for Northampton and junction 14 for Milton Keynes.

Emergency services were first informed of a suspicious object being found between junctions 15 and 14 of the motorway at around 7:30am, with the package found under a bridge on the road between Little Linford and Gayhurst past Newport Pagnell services.

A bomb disposal team headed to the scene and used a robot to investigate the substance.

Josh Olipin said: "Stuck in 25 miles of stationary traffic on the M1 at j14 yayyy both sides closed".

"Anyone with any information about the incident, including any motorists who may have dashcam footage of the object being left at the scene, are urged to contact Thames Valley Police by calling 101 and quoting reference 138 (19/9)".

'However, the object contains a highly corrosive material which has leaked across lanes one and two, therefore the clear up process will take a significant amount of time.

Thames Valley Police said bomb disposal experts had examined the object and found it had no explosive element.

"There's a five-a-side football competition, a bit of rugby, a guy cycling up and down in the wrong direction", said Tim Mayer, who was caught up in the delay.

Drivers on the M1 got so fed up with waiting in traffic, they got out of their cars and played football and frisbee.

Highways England says it is "working as quickly and safely as we are able" to release vehicles from the closed-off area.

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