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All we know about major M20 incident where army bomb experts were called in

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Original article from Kent Live

An attempt by police to stop a car travelling at "excess speed" triggered a series of events that shut Kent's main motorway for several hours.

The carriageway was closed in both directions between junctions 8 for Maidstone and 9 for Ashford from around midday, causing huge tailbacks.

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

The bomb disposal team at the British army was brought in as a "precautionary measure" and later declared the scene safe..

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KentLive has approached Kent Police for an update on the person arrested.

In the meantime, below is a round-up of everything we know about yesterday's events, in chronological order.

  • Shortly after 11.25am police attempt to stop a vehicle travelling at excess speed on the coastbound side near Junction 12.
  • The vehicle does not stop and exits the motorway before returning onto the London-bound carriageway
  • The vehicle is pursued for just over ten miles all the way to Junction 9 near Ashford
  • A police car makes "tactical contact" with the vehicle, bringing it to a stop "with no injuries reported"
  • A 27-year-old man from Wales is arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and failing to stop for police
  • At 12.42pm Highways England announce the motorway is closed in both directions
  • At 2.39pm police announce the explosive experts from the army are being brought in due to "concerns about the security of the subject vehicle"
  • Video footage shows a bomb disposal device inspecting the scene.
  • A red car can be seen side by side and touching bumpers with a police car, with a second police car immediately behind the red car
  • At 6.37pm police announce the army has declared the scene safe and the road will be re-opened
  • At 8pm the London-bound side closes again for scheduled works to remove Operation Brock barriers
  • At 6am (April 26) the M20 reopens fully again

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