M1 Motorway Partially Reopens After 'Suspicious Object' Found

M1 Motorway Partially Reopens After 'Suspicious Object' Found

FRUSTRATED motorists played football, frisbee and touch rugby on the M1 yesterday after police closed the motorway for more than nine hours because of a bomb scare.

All traffic is now being held while police and the fire and rescue service investigate a suspicious-looking object underneath a motorway bridge.

The motorway had been shut between junction 14 at Milton Keynes and junction 15 at Northampton.

Another Twitter user claimed to have seen a "black bag smoking and oozing yellow stuff".

Drivers were told to avoid the area as the road is expected to be closed "for some time".

Police said they were working to divert motorists away from the scene and to move those who had been stuck on the carriageway.

Seven hours after the object was found, police said the bomb-disposal squad had determined it contained "no explosive element" and appeared to be "some form of chemical".

There is no evidence to suggest that this was a terrorist related incident. The AA also stated there had been a leak of a chemical substance.

He apologised to motorists for the inconvenience but said the safety of drivers and agencies were of paramount importance.

The former England cricketer James Taylor, who was stuck in the tailback, posted a video of a man skateboarding along the deserted motorway.

"One appliance and crew from Newport Pagnell, one from Broughton, one from Great Holm, the Environmental Protection Unit from Aylesbury and two officers are attending".