Officers investigating an incident on the M3 on Saturday 23 September have arrested and charged a 17-year-old boy from Winchester.
At 3.49am on Saturday 23 September, police were called to the road following reports of potentially hazardous material in the carriageway.
As a result, the motorway was shut for approximately 11 hours between junctions 9 and 11 to allow police, in partnership with specialist hazardous material officers and an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team, to assess the substance.
A week before a similar incident took place when police received reports that an object had been dropped onto the carriageway and further reports that something was alight at the same location.
Officers attended and found a quantity of broken glass but no fire. A lane 1 closure was put in place for a very short time, to allow the debris to be cleared. No-one was hurt during this incident.
The 17-year-old boy has been charged with:
Two counts of arson with intent to endanger life in connection with incidents on the M3 on 16 and 23 September
Two counts of causing danger to road users in connection with incidents on the M3 on 16 and 23 September
The boy has been remanded in police custody to appear at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on Monday 2 October.