M1 shut after 'suspicious package' found

Cheryl Sanders
September 21, 2017

Traffic had been queuing for five miles today between 15 for Northampton and junction 14 for Milton Keynes after the discovery at around 7.30am today.

Other motorists took to Twitter to share their frustration at being stuck on the motorway today.

Thousands sat in gridlock from 8am, when police shut the road between junctions 14 and 15 near Milton Keynes because of a "suspicious object" found under a bridge.

But TV footage showed a bomb disposal robot dragging a black rubbish bag off the hard shoulder, which appeared to have contained a liquid and yellow substance.

CEO of Keech Hospice Luton, Liz Searle, wrote: "Making some new friends on the M1 this morning #M1 #traffic".

Thames Valley Police confirmed the object was not an explosive. The road remained closed, and tests were being carried out to determine what the chemical was.

Inspector Long continued, "There is no evidence to suggest that this is a terrorist-related incident".

The northbound M1 has reopened after a nine-hour security alert caused by a "suspicious" object containing a corrosive material. The AA also stated there had been a leak of a chemical substance.

However, despite the fun and games, Mr Mayer said communication from police, who warned drivers to avoid the M1, had been lacking.

A spokesman for Highways England said the amount of traffic trapped was "down to about three or four kilometres" from a previous high of six kilometres, but could not comment on the details of the "suspicious object".

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