‘A number of people running from vehicle’ causes complete motorway closure

Wednesday, 9th January 2019

TRAFFIC chaos was bought to the M6 in Staffordshire this evening, Wednesday, when a major police incident closed both carriageways for a number of hours.

Officers from Staffordshire Police had stopped a vehicle on the M6 between Junctions 15 and 16  and a number of people have exited the back of the vehicle.

Police say that a man has been arrested at the scene and is currently in police custody.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and West Midlands Ambulance Service were also in attendance at the scene.

Police and partners assessed the welfare of the people who exited the vehicle and we will be liaising with their colleagues in Immigration Enforcement.

Police say that they recognise the disruption this caised to road users and we thank everyone for their co-operation.

The carriageway re-opened in both directions at around 9.30pm.

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The timeline of the incident as we understand it:

18:07

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Police announced that both the North and South carriageways were closed.

18:07

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Police confirmed that there were a number of agencies working on the incident.

19:09

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The Southbound carriageway of the M6 has now been re-opened.

19:17

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The Southbound carriageway of the M6 has again been closed.

19:19

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Highways England have confirmed that the motorway remains shut in both directions.  

They have said: “Northbound and Southbound on the at J15 and J16 are still currently closed due to the ongoing incident. Further updates will follow. Long delays in the area. Please ensure you take an alternative route if possible.”

19:21

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Statement from Staffordshire Police

Officers from Staffordshire Police have stopped a vehicle on the M6 between Junctions 15 and 16 this evening (9 January) and a number of people have exited the back of the vehicle.

A man has been arrested at the scene and is currently in police custody.

Colleagues from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and West Midlands Ambulance Service are also in attendance.

Police and partners are assessing the welfare of the people who exited the vehicle and we will be liaising with our colleagues in Immigration Enforcement.

The southbound carriageway is now open and the northbound carriageway remains closed for the time being. We recognise the disruption this is causing to road users and we thank everyone for their co-operation.

21:23

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Both carriageway are to re-open ‘imminently’.