M5 in Gloucestershire closed after body found

M5 Gloucestershire
Image caption The body was discovered on the southbound carriageway shortly after 04:00 GMT

A body has been found on the M5 motorway, closing a 10-mile stretch of the road.

It was discovered on the southbound carriageway shortly after 04:00 GMT resulting in the motorway being closed in both directions in Gloucestershire.

The M5 is shut between junction 11A at Brockworth and junction 12 for Quedgeley while officers “recover the body and establish circumstances”.

Diversions have been put in place, and traffic has built up on nearby roads.

The slip road at junction 11 southbound has also been closed.

The A38 in both directions is extremely busy. The A40 from Ross-on-Wye, the A48 from Minsterworth and the A417 from Maisemore are also busy.

Image caption Gloucestershire Police warned of “significant delays” due to the investigation

Ch Insp Alistair Barby, said: “We’re working to get the roads open as soon as possible and hopeful that the northbound carriageway will be opened later this afternoon.

“While we understand how much impact these closures are having, someone has died and it is our responsibility to get answers for their family as to what has happened, while also protecting the dignity of the person involved.”

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