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No charges for coach passenger arrested after bomb hoax closed M11

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The M11 Junction 8 at Birchanger Green. (7994698)
The M11 Junction 8 at Birchanger Green. (7994698)

A man arrested on suspicion of making hoax bomb threats which closed the southbound M11 between Bishop's Stortford and Harlow for more than four hours will face no further action.

Essex Police was called at around 1.45am on Wednesday (March 20) after reports about the behaviour of a passenger on a coach from Stansted Airport to London.

The driver stopped the vehicle between junctions 7 and 8 and alerted police. Officers closed the motorway and put diversions in place.

Today (Thursday, March 21), the force said that following enquiries “no offences were committed and the 20-year-old man from Middlesex was released without charge”.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Wells said: "I would like to commend the passengers and the driver for their actions and thank them for their bravery.

"We understand the man's behaviour gave cause for concern and the passengers did the right thing by raising this to the driver, who was then able to stop the coach and report this to police.

"The driver stayed calm and relayed as much information as possible to us so that we could assess the situation and take the best course of action.

"He did this when he understandably thought there was a real possibility of a threat to not only his life but also his passengers and other road users too.

"We encourage members of the public to remain vigilant for anything that seems out of place or unusual, report anything that doesn't feel right and let us make the decision on whether what you have seen is important. In an emergency, always dial 999."

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