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Airgun attacks on M20 cars

Police are warning motorists to be vigilant tonight, after an airgun was fired at three cars in the space of an hour on the M20 in Kent.

Pellet damage to car

Airgun pellets hit cars on M20

Police in Kent are warning motorists to be extra vigilant after reports that airgun pellets have been fired at moving cars on the M20.

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TRAVEL - ROADS: KENT - M20 now closed until lunchtime

M20 London bound closed, very slow traffic due to recovery work and earlier accident, a lorry down the embankment involved between J3 M26 and M25 / A20 (Swanley Interchange), congestion on M20 to J4 A228 (Leybourne / Snodland).

The main problem is for traffic heading from Kent to Essex as there is no direct access to anticlockwise M25 from the M26. Police say the road will be closed until at least lunchtime.

Diversion - for traffic wanting to use the anticlockwise M25- travel to J6 at Godstone and turn around.

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Highways Agency delay warning after M25 crash

Road users are advised that two lanes are still closed on the anti-clockwise M25 between junctions 6 and 5 in Kent due to an incident.

The incident, which happened just before 2.30pm, involved a lorry and a car. Delays are severe with queues past junction 8.

The Highways Agency and its contractors are working hard to reopen the lanes as soon as it is safe to do so, but it is expected that recovery will take some time as the lorry is stuck on the verge.

There are concrete bollards on the carriageway which need to be cleared. Once this is done an assessment will be made of the carriageway and it is hoped to re-open a second lane.

Gun attack arrests

Detectives investigating three reports of pellets being fired at moving vehicles on the M20 have arrested five people.

The attacks happened one evening last month on the London-bound section of the M20 at the junction with the M26.

At least one motorist was hurt.

A 17 year old woman, an 18 year-old man and a 19 year-old man, all from West Malling, had already been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage with intent to endanger life.

This morning a 15 year-old boy and a 20 year-old man, both from West Malling, were arrested and are currently in custody.

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Airgun road attacks: first pictures

Police in Kent are warning motorists to be extra vigilant after reports that airgun pellets are being fired at moving cars on the M20.

At least one motorist has been injured on a London bound section of the M20 at the junction with the M26.

Damage to one of the vehicles Credit: Kent Police

Three reports were made to Kent Police on Tuesday.

In one attack, a Peugeot 206 was struck on the nearside smashing the front passenger window.

The shattered glass cut the driver’s face and the pellet hit his arm. He was forced to pull over onto the hard shoulder and call for assistance.

This one hit a car door Credit: Kent Police

Airgun pellets fired at moving cars on M20

Police in Kent are warning motorists to be extra vigilant after reports that airgun pellets are being fired at moving cars on the M20.

At least one motorist has been injured on a London bound section of the M20 at the junction with the M26. Three reports were made to Kent Police on Tuesday.

In one attack, a Peugeot 206 was struck on the nearside smashing the front passenger window. The shattered glass cut the driver’s face and the pellet hit his arm. He was forced to pull over onto the hard shoulder and call for assistance.

We are extremely concerned that someone appears to be firing projectiles at fast moving vehicles. The consequences of this are horrific. ‘Whoever is doing this clearly hasn’t thought through the consequences of his or her actions and needs to be caught immediately. We are focussing all of our efforts on doing this. ‘In the meantime, I urge all motorists using the M26 to be aware of what has taken place and to report any suspicious activity to police.

– Chief Inspector Jon Kirby, Kent Police

Witnesses or anyone with information about who may be involved is asked to contact Chief Inspector Jon Kirby at Kent Police on 101. Alternatively, if you have any information but would prefer to remain anonymous, call Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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