M25 crossings open after alert

Traffic has started moving again at the Dartford Crossing between Kent and Essex following hours of delays because of a security alert, which saw bomb disposal teams called. A pedestrian has been arrested after "behaving unusually".

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Man held after M25 crossings security alert

Motorists faced severe delays on the M25 after police were forced to close the Dartford Crossing in both directions due to a security alert.

Drivers were caught in nine-mile long tailbacks after both the QE2 Bridge and Dartford Tunnels were closed for almost seven hours during rush-hour traffic last night, as bomb disposal experts investigated a suspicious item.

Officers had been called to the crossing at 4pm following a report of a male pedestrian behaving unusually, Kent Police said.

He was arrested and remains in police custody.


Bomb disposal teams at Dartford crossing

Kent Police has said the Dartford River Crossing remains closed while bomb disposal teams assess the situation:

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.

Traffic travelling from Essex towards Kent is being diverted via the A13.

The national traffic control centre have placed strategic signage across the southeast road network to advise motorists of the road closure.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams are on the scene at the Dartford Crossing and are in the process of assessing the situation so appropriate action can be taken.


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