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Man charged after 28 hour motorway standoff

A man who closed the M1 Southbound in Leicestershire for 28 hours after a standoff with police has been charged with causing a public nuisance.

The southbound carriageway was closed after a man climbed on to a gantry Credit: ITV News Central

Nicholas Muton, 45, of no fixed address is due to appear before Leicester Magistrates Court tomorrow.

It comes after police were forced to shut the southbound carriageway yesterday afternoon after a man climbed on to a gantry between junctions 23a and 22, close to Copt Oak.

The closure caused extensive traffic problems for commuters and people trying to head home from the Download festival.

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