Rotherhithe Tunnel in gridlock after police inspect suspicious abandoned vehicle

News Desk (14 October, 2016) Transport

Updated at 5.20pm

12621Emergency services at Rotherhithe Tunnel

An abandoned vehicle in Rotherhithe Tunnel has caused a gridlock on Jamaica Road, made worse as police investigated on suspicion it could be rigged with explosives.

Two fire engines, two ambulances, at least three police cars and two police motorbikes attended at the tunnel’s entrance in SE16.

Police confirmed they were “assessing” the vehicle, which was believed to be in the centre of the tunnel.

At about 4.50pm officers on the scene confirmed the vehicle was safe.

Charlie, an eye-witness, said: “The recovery man was going down, but when he saw what was there he said ‘no way am I touching that!’

“It’s was like this since 1:30pm. I heard that a motorcyclist had come down the tunnel and saw two people pushing the car to try to start it, then he told the police about it.”

Traffic remains extremely congested with entrances closed north and southbound, on both sides of the river.

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