Police have said an incident which led to the closure of the M6 Toll road near Lichfield was not related to terrorism.

Armed officers and a chemical response firefighting unit were called to a Megabus coach which had pulled over on the hard shoulder of the southbound carriageway at Weeford at 8.20am this morning (July 5).

Reports had suggested the actions of a passenger on board had led to the Preston to London bus pulling over, however police have now said that it was not being treated as a counter-terrorism incident.

A spokesperson for Staffordshire Police said: “Given the nature of the report we responded swiftly and proportionately, treating the information as credible and extremely seriously. Our utmost priority was the safety and security of those people on the coach and those travelling on the motorway.

“The M6 Toll carriageways were closed in both directions, the coach was directed to the hard shoulder of the motorway and armed officers calmly evacuated passengers with their full support and cooperation.

“Following an initial assessment, we can confirm that no-one has been injured and that there is no danger to passengers at the scene or any other travellers who were on the motorway at that time. We are also not treating anyone as a suspect.

“While the incident is ongoing and further examination and investigation is taking place at the scene, passengers have been put on another bus for their comfort and safety.

“Importantly, we are not treating this as a counter terrorism incident.”


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One reply on “Police rule out terrorism after M6 Toll incident near Lichfield”

  1. Apparently, it was the vapour from an electronic cigarette. Who says smoking relieves stress?

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