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Man charged following M25 closure

 Published on: 2nd August 2018   |   By: Tim Green   |   Category: Uncategorized

A man has been charged with causing a public nuisance following the closure of the M25 last month. 

Dayle Smith, aged 30, of Bingham Close in Hemel Hempstead, appeared at Hatfield Remand Court on August 2 charged with causing a public nuisance. He pleaded guilty to the offence.

Smith will appear for sentencing at St Albans Crown Court on August 31.

Following his arrest, he was medically assessed by health professionals before being returned to custody and charged by officers. 

Police were called at 4.05pm to reports of concern for the welfare of a man on a bridge over the M25 at London Colney. 

The motorway was closed in both directions (between J21A to J22 clockwise and J21 and J23 anti-clockwise) to allow officers to work to bring the man to safety. 

Officers on motorbikes filtered through the traffic on the motorway to check on motorists.

Police worked to turn vehicles around and direct them off the M25, but due to the length of the tailbacks this was a slow process. Those with medical concerns/conditions were prioritised. 

The closure also caused congestion on surrounding routes and local roadworks were postponed to prevent the flow of traffic being further hindered. 

A police spokesman thanked all affected drivers for their patience

He said: “Our priority was to get the man safely off the bridge and motorists on their way as soon as possible. The motorway was re-opened just after 9.30pm.”

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