The M25 Dartford Crossing in Kent has been re-opened after a security alert last night. Drivers were stuck for more than seven hours in nine-mile tailbacks after a pedestrian, who was spotted behaving strangely, was arrested at the scene.
The Queen Elizabeth II Bridge and both tunnels were shut when police officers found a suspicious item. But after Army bomb disposal teams investigated, they said the item posed no threat and reopened all routes.
The A20 was also closed in Dover as officers stopped a coach as part of their inquiries into the Dartford Crossing incident.The coach was removed from the scene, police said, and the road was later reopened. The arrested man remains in police custody. No further arrests were made.
Kent Police has thanked hundreds of motorists for their patience after they were stranded on the M25 following a security alert. Police have now confirmed a suspicious package is not a threat and are reopening the crossing.
Kent Police has tonight said "the item ofinterest does not pose a threat. Enquiries have concluded on the scene and TheHighways Agency and Kent Police are in the process of reopening the DartfordRiver Crossing."
The A20 in Dover has been fully reopened after a search of a coach. No items have been found and enquiries continue. The coach has been removed from the scene and no further arrests have been made."
– Kent Police
A man arrested from the Dartford River Crossing today remains in police custody.
Kent Police said the crossing remained closed tonight and confirmed bomb disposal teams were at the scene. As part of their investigation, officers also stopped a coach in the A20 area of Dover at 6pm. The A20 was closed as a result of the incident and is due to reopen shortly, police said.
"The Dartford River Crossing remains closed whilst police carry out investigations at the scene."The cars that were on QE2 bridge were turned around and the lorries remain parked on the bridge."Traffic travelling from Kent towards Essex is being diverted along the A2 through the Blackwall tunnel.
– Kent Police spokesperson
"Traffic travelling from Essex towards Kent is being diverted via the A13."The national traffic control centre have placed strategic signage across the south east road network to advise motorists of the road closure."The Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams (EOD) are on the scene at the Dartford Crossing and are in the process of assessing the situation so appropriate action can be taken."