Six suspected illegal immigrants brought the M25 to a standstill after jumping from the back of a lorry and running from police along the carriageway. The road was closed in both directions near Cobham Services in Surrey after the men were chased by officers and police dogs at around 1pm today. Get Surrey reports one officer live-tweeted the pursuit, saying: “We have at least four males running around the main carriageway. It is now closed.”
Minutes later he posted: “We have just detained two men. Another possible five still ‘on the run’. And another two detained, initially spotted by NPAS Redhill, detained by dog unit and RPU unit. “We have another three possibly outstanding. Starting to run out of handcuffs!” Dog teams and a police helicopter helped hunt down the six men, who were detained at the scene this afternoon.
Another post from the Surrey Police Twitter account said: “The officer that was updating from the scene was doing so whilst trying to detain the others. “We have released both carriageways after detaining six. Please drive with care. M25 is open. Thanks for patience.” The closure caused massive tailbacks along the M25, causing more misery for London’s motorists during heavy traffic because of the Tube strike.
A Surrey Police spokesman said: “Surrey Police were called to the M25 at Cobham at 12.58pm today following reports of people running across the carriageway. “The carriageway was closed for approximately 30 minutes to enable officers to safely deal with the incident. Officers were supported at the scene by the National Police Air Service. “Six people have been arrested on suspicion of illegal entry in to the country and will be passed over to UK Visas and Immigration”, The Mirror reports.