M1 closed due to 'suspicious object'

The M1 is closed in both directions due to a police incident between junctions 15 (Northampton) and Junction 14 (Milton Keynes). Traffic is being turned round so drivers can exit the motorway.

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The M1 is reopen in both directions

The Southbound carriageway on the M1 has reopened Credit: Stuart Paterson

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.

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Northbound carriageway of the M1 has reopened

The northbound carriageway has now reopened Credit: Stuart Paterson

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:

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.

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."

– Chief Inspector Mark Lewis

Motorists are advised to avoid the area and the force and Highways Agency continue to divert motorists away from the scene.

There is no explosive element to the object found on the M1

The M1 remains closed in both directions Credit: Stuart Paterson

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.

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Bomb disposal van heads to suspicious object

Bomb disposal van on way to suspicious object on M1 Credit: ITV Anglia

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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