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The southbound carriageway of the M1 has now reopened after a suspicious object was found earlier today.
The object contained a highly corrosive material which had leaked across lanes one and two, but this has now been cleared.There is no evidence to suggest that this was a terrorist related incident.
The M1 was closed in both directions between junctions 14 and 15. The northbound carriage reopned at around 17:30 this evening (19 September) and the southbound carriage way was opened at 22:30.
The northbound carriageway of the M1 has reopened after after a suspicious object was found this morning.
Work continues following the discovery of a suspicious object on the M1 under a bridge past Newport Pagnell Services on the carriageway between Junction 15 and 14.
Chief Inspector Mark Lewis of the Joint Roads Policing Unit for Thames Valley and Hampshire said:
Motorists are advised to avoid the area and the force and Highways Agency continue to divert motorists away from the scene.
Investigation by the EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) confirms that there is no explosive element to the object found, however chemical analysis is ongoing to find out what the object might be but it appears to be some form of chemical.
Thames Valley Police continues to work alongside Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and the EOD, following the discovery of a suspicious object on the M1 under a bridge past Newport Pagnell Services on the carriageway between Junction 15 and 14.
The M1 remains closed in both directions.
Ex-Nottinghamshire cricketer James Taylor tweets about being stuck on the M1 for six hours.
The M1 is closed in both directions due to a police incident between junctions 15 (Northampton) and Junction 14 (Milton Keynes) while police investigate a suspicious object found under a bridge near Newport Pagnell.
A bomb disposal team has been seen making its way to the suspicious object on the M1 at Newport Pagnell.
The lorry went past stationary traffic on the motorway using the hard shoulder.
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Police say they are investigating the incident to see if it was placed there with intent to cause danger to other road users.
Those stuck on the M1 have decided to have a kick about whilst the road is closed.