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Man sentenced for forcing closure of M25

 Published on: 6th October 2018   |   By: Jason Allen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A man who climbed onto a bridge over the M25 bringing the motorway to a standstill for five and a half hours escaped going to jail on Friday 5th October.

Dayle Smith, 30 who carried out a similar stunt five years ago, caused a massive jam on July 31 when he clambered onto the bridge near London Colney in Hertfordshire.

The road was closed between junction 21A and 22 clockwise and junction 21 and 23 anti-clockwise from five past four in the afternoon.

Police on motorbikes filtered through the traffic to check on motorists and their passengers who were stuck in sweltering conditions. Cars and vans were turned round and directed off the motorway. The closure caused heavy congestion on local roads.

Officers brought Smith to safety at half past nine that night.

Smith of Bingham Close, Hemel Hempstead appeared at St Albans Crown Court for sentence having earlier pleaded guilty to causing a public nuisance.

Recorder Amanda Tipples QC passed an eight month sentence suspended for 15 months. Smith must carry out a six month drug rehabilitation requirement and 140 hours’ unpaid work. He must also complete 30 days of a rehabilitation activity requirement.

On April 18, 2013 Smith caused an hour-long jam between 7pm and 8pm at Elton Way on the M1 and A41 at Watford in Hertfordshire after climbing onto a gantry.

For the 2013 offence he was sentenced to a 12-month community order with an electronically monitored curfew between 7pm and 7am for three months.

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