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M6 Toll closure due to 'electronic cigarette'

Police say the security alert they received this morning which resulted in the closure of the M6 Toll was because of an electronic cigarette.

Police received a report of vapour escaping from a bag on a Mega Bus on the M6 Toll road, on investigation it turned out to be a device to assist smokers to quit, also known as an electronic cigarette.

"Given the credibility of the information we received, we responded swiftly and proportionately.

"We can now confirm that, whilst this was a genuine security alert, the significant concerns reported to us were unfounded.

"It’s important to state that no criminal offence has been committed and no passenger or any other member of the public is being treated as a suspect.

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank passengers for their patience, cooperation and support."

– Staffordshire Police

The M6 Toll was closed by Police following a report from a concerned member of the public, in both directions causing hours of delays for motorists.

Police have apologised for any inconvenience caused by the delays.

The coach has now been moved and the Toll road re-opened.

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