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Dartford Crossing Closed By 'Security Incident'
Thousands of drivers have been stranded for hours on the M25 after a major security alert closed the Dartford crossing while a coach was also stopped as part of investigations.
A suspicious item was found on the Kent side of the crossing, closing the Queen Elizabeth II (QE2) bridge and both tunnel bores for around seven hours.
An Army bomb disposal team sent to the scene later confirmed the item posed no threat, although a male pedestrian was arrested after he was spotted "behaving unusually".
Police said no items were found on a coach stopped in Aycliffe, close to the Port of Dover, as part of the Dartford inquiry.
The vehicle was pulled over on the A20 around two hours after the alert in Dartford, which caused more than nine miles of queues for drivers travelling between Kent and Essex.
The A20 has been reopened and no further arrests were made.
The closures also caused gridlock on other routes, with long delays reported on the A2 in east London and the A13 in Essex.
A spokesman for Kent Police said: "We would like to thank motorists for their patience and support during what must have been a very frustrating wait."