M3 – Teenager Charged


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Officers investigating an incident on the M3 last Saturday (23 September) that left both carriageways closed for the best part of 11 hours have arrested and charged a 17-year-old boy from Winchester.

He faces two counts of arson with intent to endanger life in connection with incidents on the M3 on 16 and 23 September, and also two counts of causing danger to road users in connection with incidents on the M3 on 16 and 23 September.

The boy has been remanded in police custody and will appear at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on Monday 2 October.

Flammable material was thrown from a bridge which leads to St Catherine’s Hill.

Speaking just shortly after the incident, Winchester’s MP Steve Brine said the closure was a “nightmare for all concerned” – but praised police and security services for the way they handled the situation.

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He says he has asked Highways England for a full explanation of how they handled the closure.