A MAN has been charged following a collision involving multiple vehicles on the M3.

Police were called at 5.44pm on Friday June 16 to reports of multiple collisions between Winchester Services and Hockley.

There were significant disruptions caused to the southbound carriageway for more than three hours while emergency services dealt with the incident and the recovery of a number of damaged vehicles.

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The crash caused severe tailbacks of more than six miles past Kings Worthy towards Micheldever and on the A34 to Three Maids Hill.

Many drivers pulled off the main roads to seek a quicker route through Winchester only to snarl up the city centre.

Gavin Douglas Bathurst-Shaw-Binning, 46, of Barons Way, Egham has been charged with driving a motor vehicle dangerously and appeared at Basingstoke Magistrates Court on Monday, June 19.