Bomb disposal team shut down the M20 after police chase

Bomb disposal team shutdown the M20 after police chase as explosive experts are called to the scene

  • Kent Police attempted to stop a car that they say was travelling at excess speed
  • When the car refused to stop for officers, a police chase ensued down the M20
  • Police performed tactical stop and a 27-year-old man from Wales was arrested
  • Bomb disposal experts were called after officers raised concerns about the car 

A bomb disposal team has shut down the M20 over concerns about a car involved in a police chase.

Pictures from the scene show an army lorry parked across the London-bound carriageway and both sides are closed to traffic.

Kent Police have said the army’s bomb disposal team is on scene as a ‘precautionary measure’ over ‘security concerns’ about the suspect’s vehicle.

A spokesman for Kent Police said: ‘The M20 is currently closed in both directions between Junctions 8 and 9 following the arrest of a man by Kent Police.

‘Shortly after 11.25am on Sunday 25 April 2021 officers attempted to stop a vehicle travelling at excess speed on the M20 coastbound near Junction 12.

‘The vehicle did not stop and exited the motorway before returning onto the London-bound carriageway.

A bomb disposal team has closed the M20 over concerns about a car involved in a police chase

Police said the bomb disposal unit is there as a ‘precautionary measure’ to make scene safe

‘It was pursued to Junction 9 where a police car made tactical contact with the vehicle, bringing it to a stop with no injuries reported.

‘A 27-year-old man from Wales was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and failing to stop for police.

‘The motorway has been closed to allow for the carriageway to be made safe for road users, who are advised to find alternative routes if possible.

‘The British Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team is also currently at the scene as a precautionary measure following concerns about the security of the subject vehicle.’

It is not known how long the London-bound carriage of the M20 (pictured) will be closed for 

This is a breaking news story. We will bring you more information when it becomes available. 

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