M25 bridge climber to appear in Hatfield court today

PUBLISHED: 09:42 02 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:06 02 August 2018

The queues on the M25 near junction 22. Picture: www.motorwaycameras.co.uk

The queues on the M25 near junction 22. Picture: www.motorwaycameras.co.uk


A man whose actions forced the closure of the M25 in both directions for hours will be appearing in court today for causing a public nuisance.

Dayle Smith, 30, from Hemel Hempstead, is due to appear at Hatfield Remand Court after Tuesday’s incident, where drivers were delayed for hours and roadworks had to be postponed.

Police were called at 4.05pm on Tuesday after people expressed concern for Smith’s welfare, as he was on a bridge near Shenley Lane in London Colney.

The motorway was closed in both directions between J21A to J22 clockwise and J21 and J23 anti-clockwise to allow officers to bring the man to safety.

Extra resources were brought in from around the region, including Highways England officers, Herts county council officials and personnel from neighbouring police forces.

The closure of the M25 created delays on surrounding roads and bus services. The motorway was not opened until 9.30pm.

Smith was arrested and medically assessed by health professionals, before being returned to custody and charged by officers.

Herts police have thanked the public for their patience on Tuesday.

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