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Police warn about motorway fraud

Good Samaritans who stopped for a lone man posing as a stranded motorist have fallen victim to the fraud. The man carries a green fuel can and is believed to stand on various slip roads between junction 19 of the M4 (M32 junction) and junction 15 (A419 Swindon turnoff).

The man claims his vehicle has broken down elsewhere due to running out of fuel he asks motorists for a lift to the nearest service station, primarily Leigh Delemere or Membury.

En route he claims to take a call from the Highways Agency or police who require his car to be moved at a cost of around £800. Those giving him a lift have then offered to help out towards the cost. Once dropped at the services they never hear from him again.

Anyone with information should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111where information can be left anonymously if they wish.

– Wiltshire Police

Long delays on the M4

There are reports of five miles of stationary traffic on the M4 in Berkshire after a number of cars and a lorry were involved in an accident.

Six fire engines are at the scene just past junction 13 at Newbury heading towards London, according to an eyewitness on the motorway.

It is thought six cars were involved, but it's not yet known if anyone has been hurt.

M4 bus lane running out of road

The bus lane was introduced in 1999. After it was temporarily suspended, a study was carried out into the impact of the suspension and in April 2012 a report published by the Highways Agency showed drivers had benefitted from the move.

As a result the Agency then published a notice signalling the Revocation Order, which was part of the process to permanently remove the lane. The lane remained suspended throughout the process although it was used as a Games Family Lane during the Olympics.

A public notice announcing the order will be place in the technical and local press next month


Motorway slip roads get make over

The work will be carried out overnight between 10pm and 6am. During the closures there will be no alternative access or exit to the services. The next available services are at Chieveley (junction 13).

The eastbound exit and entry slip roads will be closed overnight on Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 July, and the westbound slip roads on Wednesday 17, Thursday 18 and Friday 19 July

Two taken to hospital after M4 minibus crash

The crash happened between junctions 12 and 13 on the M4's westbound carriageway just after 11am this morning, Thames Valley Police said.

A 25-year-old man was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital in Hampshire with serious injuries and another person was admitted to the Royal Berkshire Hospital with minor injuries.

Ten others received minor injuries and were treated at the scene of the crash, which completely closed the westbound M4 for a time.

The eastbound carriageway was also closed for the air ambulance to land but it has now reopened, along with the westbound section.

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