Police Rule out Terror after M3 Motorway Closed for 12 Hours

Saturday 23rd September 2017 Winchester Hampshire Police closed M3 after Dirty Bomb is found at the side of the motorway.The M3 is closed due to a major ongoing incident.The road was shut at about 4am this morning and there are huge delays, while many motorists are at a standstill on the carriageway.Traffic also solid on the Sparsholt Rd from Standon- everyone's backing up and turning round #M3. Hampshire Cosntabulary says that the M3 northbound is being opened at junction 11 for a "safe, steady release of traffic”. No info for travellers at #Winchester park and ride - people have been waiting for 1hr after 2hrs to get here #M3.Some drivers are saying they weren't adequately warned that the motorway had been closed Patsy and Dave Green are stranded at Winchester park and ride and have been waiting for more than an hour for a bus into Winchester. The couple from Totton saw what they thought was a bomb disposal unit go up the M3 about half an hour ago. Dave said: "I'm ex army and I can't say for sure it was a bomb disposal van but it definitely looked like one. "And it was the only vehicle going up the motorway. We also saw a couple of unmarked police cars and bikes going up." Patsy added: "I thought it was something more than an accident for it to have been closed this long". He also spoke to two police officers who told him the incident related to “national security”. He said: “I tried to use a footbridge over the motorway near St Catherine’s Hill but a police officer at the end of the bridge said it was likely to be closed all day. “I took a path and saw a bunch of police, military personnel and a Royal Navy bomb disposal unit. "The police were combing undergrowth on both sides of the motorway. “It makes you a bit worried. “I work in London and we’re seeing more and more security incidents. I just hope this turns out to be a false alarm.” A Ministry of Defence spokesman confirmed that a bomb disposal unit was “providing assistanc

Police have ruled out terror connection following yesterday motorway closure. Hampshire Police released an update with the follow: We are now in a position to provide further details relating to the incident on the M3 yesterday between junctions 10 and 11.

At 3.49am on Saturday 23 September, police were called to the road following reports of potentially hazardous material in the carriageway.

As a result, the motorway was shut for approximately 11 hours between junctions 9 and 11 to allow police, in partnership with specialist hazardous material officers and an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team, to assess the substance.

Officers recognise that this caused extensive disruption for members of the public going about their daily business, but we would like to reassure you that public safety was our top priority as we investigated matters further.

Early assessments indicate that this was a flammable material, not explosive material, which had been thrown from the motorway bridge which leads to St Catherine’s Hill. Nobody was hurt, and there is no wider risk to public safety as a result.

Assessments to determine exactly what the material is are still on-going at this time.

We have been utilising a wealth of expertise, across policing and our partners, to assess the risk to public safety, and we stress that at this time this is not being treated as a terrorist incident.

Officers are aware of, and are investigating, a similar incident which took place on the same bridge last week, at around 4am on Saturday 16 September.

In this incident, an object was dropped into the carriageway and we received further reports that something was alight in the same location.

Police attended and found a quantity of broken glass but no fire. A lane 1 closure was put in place for a very short time, to allow the debris to be cleared. No-one was hurt during this incident.

We know that a lot of people use this route at that time as part of their daily routine, and we urge anyone who witnessed either of these incidents, or who has any information, to contact police immediately on 101.

Did you see anyone on the bridge? We know dog walkers use the areas either side of the bridge. Did you Police would like to pass on their thanks for members of the public and patience and co-operation as we investigated yesterday’s incident, but again would like to reassure you that this is not being treated as a terrorist incident.

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