M1 Motorway Shut After “Suspicious Object” Found – “Some Form Of Chemical”

Police have partially reopened a section of the M1 after a bomb squad was called to investigate a “suspicious object” under a bridge. The motorway was shut between junction 14 at Milton Keynes and junction 15 at Northampton after the item was discovered at about 7.30am during the morning rush hour yesterday.

Bomb squad officers were at the scene throughout the day – but shortly after 5pm, police confirmed the object did not contain explosives and no terror link was suspected. Thames Valley Police said “highly corrosive material” had leaked across two lanes of the motorway – meaning further misery for evening rush hour drivers in the area.

The northbound carriageway has reopened and some vehicles stranded on the southbound carriageway have been able to move away from the scene – but the southbound carriageway remains closed at junction 15. Police warned the clean-up operation would take a “significant amount of time”.