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M25 crossing shut due to alert
Motorists faced severe delays on the M25 after police were forced to close the Dartford Crossing in both directions due to a security alert.
Police advised drivers to find alternative routes while they investigated a suspicious item found on the motorway.
Officers were called to the crossing at 4pm to a report of a male pedestrian behaving unusually, Kent Police said. He is now under arrest.
Drivers were caught in nine-mile tailbacks but Kent Police confirmed the crossing was being reopened shortly before 11pm after the suspicious item was found not to pose a threat.
A Kent Police spokesman said: "Police were called to the Dartford Crossing at 4pm today following a report that a male pedestrian was behaving unusually. The male has been arrested."
Photographs posted on social networking site Twitter showed long queues of stationary traffic with some commuters standing outside their vehicles.
As part of their investigation, officers also stopped a coach in the A20 area of Dover at 6pm on Friday. The A20 was closed as a result of the incident but was later reopened, police said. No further arrests were made.
A police spokesman said: "Inquiries have concluded on the scene and the Highways Agency and Kent Police are in the process of reopening the Dartford River Crossing.
"The A20 in Dover has been fully reopened after a search of a coach. No items have been found and inquiries continue. The coach has been removed from the scene and no further arrests have been made.
"The man arrested from the Dartford River Crossing today remains in police custody. Kent Police would like to thank motorists for their patience and support during what must have been a very frustrating wait."