Essex

Stolen van driven wrong way for 50 miles along M11

Aerial view of M11
Image caption The white van travelled along the M11 before joining the A14, where it crashed

A stolen van was driven for 50 miles (80km) down the wrong way of a motorway and dual carriageway before it crashed into a lorry in a bid to evade police.

About 100 vehicles managed to avoid hitting the transit van on the M11 in Essex and A14 in Cambridgeshire during the early hours of Wednesday.

The van was taken from Billericay at 01:40 BST and tracked by a police helicopter and cars along its route.

It stopped after crashing near junction 24 of the A14 near Godmanchester.

A 19-year-old man, from Romford, is in custody after being arrested on suspicion of aggravated taking a vehicle without consent, dangerous driving, having no insurance and licence and failing to stop for police.

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