The stab of “migrant smuggling” brings the M25 to a standstill: the police plunge into a truck and arrest the driver, which leads to a traffic jam of seven miles after drivers see people streaming from the trailer
- "Police Incident" stops traffic on the M25 near Brentwood, Essex
- That afternoon, several police cars were seen surrounding a truck
- Witnesses saw people leave a truck on the side of the road at 12.45 p.m.
- A 45-year-old truck driver was arrested at the scene of the crime, who was suspected of immigration
- Drivers were seen getting out of their cars in the scorching heat of 92 ° F
A stab at a suspected smuggling of migrants brought the M25 to a halt this afternoon when the police stopped a truck and arrested its driver.
Police stopped traffic near Brentwood after witnesses saw people leave the back of a truck around 12:45 p.m.
Highways England's cameras show several police cars surrounding a truck. According to the police, a 45-year-old truck driver from Romania was arrested on suspicion of immigration offenses.
Essex police cars surrounded a truck on the side of the M25 this afternoon after people left a trailer this afternoon
Traffic on the M25 took place this afternoon when the police moved over a truck that was believed to have carried migrants
From about 1 p.m. traffic was on for miles, and there were still delays between Junction 27, Theydon Interchange for the M11 and Junction 28 in Brentwood.
An Essex Police spokeswoman said: “We were called this afternoon, Friday August 7th, just before 12.45pm. It has been reported that between the intersections, 28 and 27 people drove off a truck trailer on the M25.
"The officials reacted quickly and arrested a 45-year-old man from Romania on suspected immigration offenses."
The interruption meant that both lanes of the freeway were closed on a day when many Britons left for stays or the beach.
Some passengers decided to take advantage of the closure by getting out of their cars. A few men played rugby on an empty road.
Desperate drivers got out of their cars after the M25 closed in Essex after what appeared to be a police incident
Other major roads across the country were blocked today when the British tried to get the most out of the heat wave in August.
Motorists driving through Hampshire were queuing 15 miles ahead of the A31, M27 and M3 towards the coast.
Southwest visitors were told to avoid busy beaches in the middle of a rush to Cornwall. The RNLI said, "If you arrive at the beach and it is just too crowded, consider going ahead and spending your day somewhere else."
Drivers went to Twitter to warn others not to drive on the M25 today after the Essex Police closed both lanes near Brentwood
With daily highs in the south, expected to remain above 30 ° C through Tuesday, forecasters say this is the first official heat wave – lasting at least three days – since July 2019, when the UK's record temperature was set in Cambridge.
Next Monday and Tuesday, however, there will be a thunderstorm warning for the whole of England, which fears that more than 80 mm of rain, hail, lightning, power cuts and flooding "cause death".
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