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Man arrested amid 6-hour M20 ‘bomb’ shutdown is bailed

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Original article from Kent Live

A man arrested just before the M20 was shut for bomb experts for over six hours yesterday (April 26) has not been charged.

A Kent Police spokesman today confirmed the 27-year-old from Wales has instead been "bailed pending further enquiries".

An attempt by police to stop a car allegedly 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.

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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..

Shortly after 11.25am police attempted to stop a vehicle travelling at excess speed on the coastbound side near junction 12.

It's believed the vehicle did not stop and exited the motorway before returning onto the London-bound carriageway, where they were pursued for just over ten miles all the way to junction 9 near Ashford.

A police car made "tactical contact" with the vehicle, bringing it to a stop "with no injuries reported".

At 12.42pm Highways England announced the motorway was closed in both directions.

And at 2.39pm police announced the explosive experts from the army are being brought in due to "concerns about the security of the subject vehicle."

Video footage showed a bomb disposal device inspecting the scene.

A red vehicle could be seen side by side and touching bumpers with a police car, with a second police car immediately behind the red one.

At 6.37pm police announced the army had declared the scene safe and the road re-opened.

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