M25 motorway

M25 disruption after fuel tanker fire

The clockwise M25 was closed in Kent after a fuel tanker caught fire during the morning rush hour.

The driver dialled 999 to report the cab of his vehicle was on fire, just after 05:00 BST, on the slip road leading to Clacket Lane, between Junction 5 for Sevenoaks and Junction 6 for Limpsfield in Surrey.

Kent fire crews used jets and foam to put out the fire and stayed at the scene to continue to cool the tanker.

Highways England tweeted a picture of the burnt-out lorry, which was later recovered.

Traffic in the area was delayed but has returned to normal, according to Traffic England.

Lorry
HIghways England
Highways England tweeted a picture of the burnt-out lorry

Fuel tanker in flames on M25 slip road

A fuel tanker caught fire on an M25 slip road earlier, closing the clockwise carriageway during the morning rush hour.

The driver dialled 999 to report the cab of his vehicle was on fire, just after 05:00 BST.

The tanker was on a slip road heading to Clacket Lane between Junction 5 for Sevenoaks, Kent, and Junction 6 for Limpsfield in Surrey.

Fire crews wearing breathing apparatus used two jets and foam to put out the fire.

Crews are continuing to cool the tanker while they wait for the vehicle to be recovered.

According to Traffic England, the incident is expected to clear by 08:30 BST.

Fuel tanker fire
Highways England
The driver reported the fuel tanker's cab was on fire

Three children among migrants detained near M25

Three children were among 13 Iranian migrants detained by immigration officials at a service station on the M25.

A group of people were filmed climbing out the back of a lorry in Clacketts Lane.

Police and Immigration Enforcement officers were called to the scene.

The Home Office said: "Thirteen Iranian nationals were taken into custody. They will be interviewed by immigration officers and their cases will be dealt with according to the immigration rules."

Clacketts Lane service station
Simon Buckingham

Appeal after rocks thrown from bridge

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

Two boys are being sought by police after motorists reported rocks being thrown from a footbridge on to the M25 motorway.

It happened at about 17:50 BST on Sunday close to junction 11, near Row Town in Addlestone, Surrey.

Police said the youngsters were aged about 14 years old, and were both wearing black jackets.

No-one was injured but four cars were damaged.

Highways England placed speed restrictions in the immediate area to help reduce the impact to vehicles and their occupants.

Any witnesses, or motorists with dash cam footage, are asked to contact officers.

MPs and police have raised concerns over people's safety on smart motorways.
MPs and police have raised concerns over people's safety on smart motorways.