M1 closed live updates as police-led incident shuts busy motorway in both directions between junction 21A and 22

A stretch of the M1 is closed[1] in both directions this morning due to an ongoing police-led incident. National Highways East Midlands is reporting that the incident “is expected to be protracted”, with no reopening time currently available. The busy motorway is shut[2] between junction 21A for Leicester and junction 22 for Markfield.

The incident was first reported just before 4am this morning (Wednesday, January 17), with traffic tailing back to junction 23 for Castle Donington and East Midlands Airport. A spokesperson for Highways East Midlands[3] said: “The M1 in Leicestershire is closed in both directions between J21A (Leicester) and J22 (Markfield) due to an ongoing Leicestershire police led incident. Leicestershire Police, National Highways Traffic Officers and service providers are on scene.

Get the latest news straight to your phone by joining us on WhatsApp[4] “The incident is expected to be protracted and in place for some time.” Diversion routes are in place for motorists travelling both northbound and southbound this morning. Leicestershire Police tweeted about the closure and said: “Please be advised the M1 Northbound and Southbound are closed in both directions between Junction 21 and Junction 22 due to an ongoing incident.

Please seek alternative routes. Updates to follow.” You can follow our live traffic and travel updates on this incident below:

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