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Thames Valley Police are appealing for information after a highly corrosive substance was left on the M1 near Newport Pagnell forcing the closure of the road for most of yesterday.
Hundreds of cars and lorries were trapped on the motorway while the bomb squad investigated a container filled with acid-like liquid found under a bridge near Newport Pagnell.
There is no suggestion the incident was terrorist related but the police want to know how it got there.
We are appealing to anyone who knows why or how this object was left under a bridge about two miles past the Newport Pagnell services on the southbound carriageway of the M1. The object Is a 5 litre container in a large black refuse bag which found at about 7.30am yesterday.
The object has now been removed from the scene in a secure container but is still being analysed, however, we do know the substance it is a highly corrosive material, possibly hydrochloric acid, which has reacted with another substance causing it to discharge onto lane one and lane two of the southbound carriageway.
We are keeping an open mind as to how the object was left at the scene but at this stage we are investigating the incident to see if it was placed there with intent to cause danger to other road users.
Anyone with any information about the incident, including any motorists who may have dash cam footage of the object being left at the scene, are urged to contact Thames Valley Police by calling 101
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Thames Valley Police have confirmed that the suspicious package on the M1 is not terror related.
However they say it is a corrosive chemical and the southbound carriageway will stay shut while an extensive clean up goes on.
“Vehicles that have been stationary on the southbound carriageway between the closure at junction 15 and the scene are now being allowed to move past the scene, however the southbound carriageway will remain closed at junction 15.
“There is no evidence to suggest that this is a terrorist related incident. The object does not contain an improvised explosive device and therefore has been no controlled explosion. 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. Chemical analysis is ongoing to ascertain what the substance within the object is.
“We apologise for the inconvenience caused to motorists but your safety, and the safety of our officers and the staff of our partner agencies, is paramount. We thank the public for their continued cooperation and patience.