UK bomb experts check suspicious item near River Thames crossings
LONDON (REUTERS) - British bomb disposal experts were called to deal with a suspicious item found near a major bridge and tunnels spanning the River Thames near London on Friday after police arrested a man acting "unusually".
Kent Police said they had closed the Dartford Crossing, which carries traffic on the busy M25 London orbital motorway across the river to the east of the British capital, after reports a pedestrian was behaving strangely.
In a second operation linked to the Dartford incident, police said they had stopped a long-distance bus near the port of Dover, leading to the closure of the main A20 road, although this was later reopened.
"The Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams (EOD) are on the scene at the Dartford Crossing and are in the process of assessing the situation so appropriate action can be taken," police said in a statement.