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M20 shut off with ‘explosive experts’ at the scene – live updates

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Original article from Kent Live

The M20 is currently closed in both directions between Junctions 8 and 9 with "explosives experts" from the British Army at the scene.

The closure followed an incident earlier in the day – around 11.25am – when police made "tactical contact" with a vehicle.

They said the vehicle in question had been travelling at "excess speed" and then failed to stop.

At 2.40pm, police tweeted that the carriageway remains closed in both directions and said: "Explosives experts from the British Army are also present as a precautionary measure following concerns about the security of the subject vehicle".

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A Kent Police spokesman said: "Shortly after 11.25am on Sunday 25 April 2021 officers attempted to stop a vehicle travelling at excess speed on the M20 coastbound near Junction 12.

"The vehicle did not stop and exited the motorway before returning onto the London-bound carriageway.

"It was pursued to Junction 9 where a police car made tactical contact with the vehicle, bringing it to a stop with no injuries reported.

"A 27-year-old man from Wales was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and failing to stop for police.

"The motorway has been closed to allow for the carriageway to be made safe for road users, who are advised to find alternative routes if possible."

People can follow the latest updates as they come in on our live blog below.

Jamie Rose

Scene at front of queue

We've spoken to a road user called James Diggle who's about 10 cars back from the front, stuck there for three hours and counting.

The front of the M20 queue following a police incident

He tells them at the moment they're trying to turn people around which is proving "difficult with how far traffic is backed up".

Apparently they're currently trying to get vehciles to reverse the wrong way down the fast lane.

Jamie Rose

Road users to be 'released shortly by being u-turned away from scene'

Highways England are leading road management efforts, as you'd expect.

They've said that road users are due to be u-turned away from the scene shortly.

They've also provided a ful breakdown of diversion routes which you can see here.

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