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Driver killed when van hit by concrete block is named

The man killed when his van crashed on the M11 in Essex and was found to have a block of concrete smashed through the windscreen has been named.

He was 61-year-old Andrew Brett of Alexandra Road in Sible Hedingham.

Mr Brett crashed into the central reservation of the M11 near Bishop's Stortford before veering into a tree on the side of the road on Wednesday afternoon.

The crash happened on the M11 at Birchanger near Bishop's Stortford on Wednesday afternoon. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The incident is being treated as suspicious because a brick-sized piece of concrete had hit the windscreen but police ruled out the block being thrown from a bridge or the roadside.

“We continue to keep an open mind as to how it came to strike the windscreen and ended up inside the van, and whether this was the result of a deliberate act or accidental. “It is vital we speak to drivers who were travelling on the M11 Birchanger area, either north or southbound, at around 4.50pm.

– Detective Chief Inspector Martin Pasmore, Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate


Long delays on the M11 near Stansted after crash

A multi-vehicle crash has caused major delays on the M11. Credit: Tony Scott / ITV News

There are a major delays on the M11 in Essex after a multi-vehicle crash.

The accident happened on the northbound carriageway between junction 7 for Harlow and Junction 8 for Bishop's Stortford.

Police and the air ambulance have been called to the scene and traffic is being held while they deal with the scene.

Highways England say the congestion is likely to remain until mid afternoon.

The southbound carriageway was also closed so the air ambulance could land.

There are fears people trapped in the traffic jam will miss flights at Stansted and there have been reports of people leaving cars and walking along the carriageway to get to the airport.

Highways England is warning that delays on the M11 in Essex may last until 4pm. Credit: Tony Scott / ITV News


No explosives found on easyJet plane diverted to Germany

Cologne-Bonn airport in Germany Credit: AP

German police said no explosives were found on board a Stansted-bound easyJet flight from Slovenia that was diverted when the pilot was alerted to a "suspicious conversation" with "terrorist content".

Three British men were arrested after the flight was diverted to Cologne-Bonn Airport in Germany yesterday afternoon. They have since been released.

A backpack belonging to the men was blown up by police, but wasn't found to have contained explosives.

All 151 passengers on board were evacuated from the plane down emergency slides

Flights were suspended at the airport for three hours and passengers only arrived back at Stansted this afternoon.

Terror suspect arrested at Stansted appears in court

Aweys Faqey Credit: PA

A terror suspect who was arrested at Stansted Airport has appeared in court.

Somalian-born Aweys Faqey, of north London, is charged with preparing acts of terrorism after he was arrested on May 23.

Faqey has lived in the UK since 2013. He has a wife and give children in the Netherlands, and a wife and child in Kenya.

He has been remanded into custody.

Ryanair flight diverted due to 'disruptive passenger'

The flight was travelling from Sofia to London Stansted Credit: PA

A 'disruptive passenger' has forced a Stansted-bound flight to be diverted to Austria.

The flight from Bulgaria stopped in the Austrian city of Linz and a 46-year-old Bulgarian national was handed over to police.

Austrian state broadcaster ORF say the disruption was 'alcohol-related'.

The aircraft landed normally and the passenger was removed and detained by police upon arrival, before the aircraft continued to London Stansted shortly after.

We will not tolerate unruly or disruptive behaviour at any time and the safety and comfort of our customers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority.

– Ryanair spokesman
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