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Teenager due in court in relation to M3 arson attack

A bomb disposal team was sent to the motorway

A teenager is due in court, accused of arson in relation to incidents on the M3.

The motorway was shut for nearly twelve hours last month, as police investigated a hazardous substance believed to have been thrown from a motorway bridge near Winchester.

The 17 year old also faces charges of blackmail and theft.

The incident caused tailbacks for 11 hours

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Teenage boy charged over M3 incident which closed motorway for eleven hours

Officers investigating an incident on the M3 on Saturday 23 September have arrested and charged a 17-year-old boy from Winchester.

He was charged on 30 September with:

  • • Two counts of arson with intent to endanger life in connection with incidents on the M3 on 16 and 23 September
  • • Two counts of causing danger to road users in connection with incidents on the M3 on 16 and 23 September

The M3 was closed for eleven hours as police investigated the incident at a footbridge near St Catherine's Hill on the outskirts of Winchester.

The bomb squad was brought in and the area sealed off, as inquiries were made into the nature of material alleged to have been thrown from the bridge shortly before 4am.

The following day police revealed they were not treating the incident as terrorist activity.

Hampshire Police were criticised for not giving adequate information about the incident and for poor traffic management.

But they said public safety was their top priority and had a duty to investigate the matter thoroughly.

The boy has been remanded in police custody to appear at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on Monday 2 October.

Family's tribute to "beloved son and brother" who died following police-stop M3 collision

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The family of a "beloved son and brother" who died following a collision on the M3 have paid tribute to him.

Nathan Sedgewicke - who was 41 and from Slough - died following an incident on the M3 between junctions 12 and 13 on Sunday 10th September.

Just before 1am, Mr Sedgewicke's car and a following police car came to a stop on the hard shoulder of the southbound carriageway.

When Mr Sedgewicke got out of the car and entered the carriageway he was struck by at least one vehicle. He died en route to hospital.

Hampshire Constabulary has referred this incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Today his family have paid tribute to him:

Nathan was a beloved son and brother who put a smile on everyone’s face with his quick wit and humour.

He was extremely kind and will be sorely missed by everyone who loved and knew him."

– Family's tribute

Hampshire Police is asking anyone with information about the incident to contact l 101 and quoting 44170350566.

IPCC investigating fatal crash on the M3 in Hampshire

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has launched an investigation after a man died in a crash on the M3 in Hampshire.

Officers were pursuing a blue BMW just before 1am yesterday morning when both vehicles stopped on the hard shoulder between junctions 12 and 13 at Eastleigh.

The driver of the BMW got out the car and stepped onto the carriageway, and was then hit by at least one other vehicle.

The M3 was closed for several hours following the collision Credit: ITV Meridian

South Central Ambulance Service attended but the man died en route to hospital.

The M3 was closed in both directions between junctions 12 and 13 between 1.30 and 6.30am. The southbound carriageway reopened at 6.30am and the northbound at 8.30am.

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M3 closed between Eastleigh and Winchester after police incident.

There are major delays on the M3 in Hampshire after the road was closed in both directions early this morning.

Police are dealing with an incident between Junctions 12 (Allbrook) and 13 (Eastleigh). They were called just after 3am.

The southbound carriage way has since re-opened but police are urging motorists to avoid the area if possible.

The motorway is expected to be closed until midday.

Diversions are in place:

A diversion route has been implemented with eastbound traffic to follow 'Solid Diamond' route.

Traffic is to leave the M3 at J13 and turn right onto the A335. Turn left onto Woodside Avenue at the junction with the A335.

Follow this to the 2nd roundabout and turn left to follow the A335. Follow the A335 to the M3 by continuing across the 1st roundabout and turning right at the 2nd roundabout to re-join the M3 eastbound at J12.

Road users are advised to allow extra time to complete their journey plans if travelling in the area.

– Hampshire Police

Appeal for witnesses following fatal collision on the M3

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Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision on the M3 this morning.

Officers were called at 5.14am this morning to the M3 northbound between junctions 12 and 11.

The driver of the Vauxhall Astra, a 45-year-old Bournemouth man was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was involved in the collision.

The man's next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

Due to the seriousness of this collision the motorway had to be closed for a couple of hours to ensure a thorough investigation of the scene.

We know that this has caused significant disruption to motorists this morning and we would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

We always work hard to ensure that any road closure is lifted as soon as possible and we would like to thank motorists for their patience while we dealt with this incident.”

– Inspector Kirsty Shannon, Hampshire Police

Officers are urging anyone with information to contact them on 101, quoting incident number 105.

Drivers being warned M3 closed following crash

Drivers in Hampshire are being warned they could face a longer journey into work this morning as a crash has closed the M3 eastbound at Eastleigh.

The incident - involving an overturned car was reported shortly after 5.30am and the northbound carriageway between junction 12 at Eastleigh and junction 11 at Winchester is expected to be closed for several hours while Hampshire Police carries out an investigation.

Emergency services at the scene, and a diversion is in place.

Drivers are being encouraged to allow extra time and to consider using alternative routes.

Motorcyclist flown to hospital after M3 crash

A motorcyclist has been taken to hospital by air ambulance after a crash on the M3.

Police officers were called to the southbound stretch of the motorway just past junction 4a, near to the Fleet services.

Drivers are advised to avoid the area.

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