An impromptu football match on the M25 yesterday ended with a stern rebuke from Kent Police.
The motorway was closed between junctions four and five in Kent after a coach fire and a separate accident involving a motorcyclist.
Long tailbacks resulted, with some drivers leaving their cars and sitting on the central crash barrier.
A photo posted by Sophie Shearer on Twitter shows three men playing football on the closed carriageway. She tagged the picture ‘#M25hell’.
It led to Kent Police tweeting about the incident.
We have reports people are playing football in the static traffic on the M25. This is dangerous. We ask that people remain in their vehicles
— Kent Police (UK) (@kent_police) April 9, 2015
Nobody was hurt in the fire, which completely destroyed the single-decker coach. The motorcyclist was airlifted to hospital by helicopter.
Two teenagers had to be escorted back to their cars by police after getting stranded on the wrong side of the motorway when it reopened.