Leicester

M1 closure gantry man charged with 'public nuisance'

Traffic on M1, 13 June 2016
Image caption Police said "hundreds of thousands" of motorists were caught up because of the road closure

A man who scaled an information board gantry over the M1 and stayed there for 28 hours has been charged with causing a public nuisance.

Nicholas Muton climbed up at about midday on Sunday and eventually came down shortly after 16:00 BST on Monday.

Part of the southbound carriageway of the motorway was closed while negotiators tried to talk him down.

The 45-year-old, of no fixed address, was arrested by police at the scene.

He had written messages on the gantry in an apparent protest, alleging that someone "tried 2 kill me" and also referred to "2 murder attempts".

He is due to appear at Leicester Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

Image caption Police said alternative routes became "highly congested" too

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