The A19 in County Durham is completely closed between the A179 (Hartlepool) and the A689 (Billingham) due to a serious incident after a suspected explosive device was taken to a garage. Bomb Disposal, Cleveland Police and Cleveland Fire Brigade are at the scene at Ron Perry Services. Reports widely circulating suggest the device is a hand grenade.

Significant traffic delays are building. Expect delays of at least 30 minutes on the A19 northbound towards the A689 closure. Delays are also forming on surrounding routes, including the A19 South, A179 Hartlepool, and A689 Billingham. Drivers are strongly urged to avoid the area. Delays on Dalton Back Lane are currently around 45 minutes as of 5:45pm.

Northbound traffic should follow the solid diamond diversion route. Southbound traffic should follow the hollow diamond diversion route. These symbols are marked on fixed road signs.

Statements from National Highways “The A19 in County Durham is CLOSED in both directions between theA179 (Hartlepool) and the A689 (Billingham) due to a Police incident. Please allow extra journey time if you’re travelling in the area this afternoon. There are now long delays in both directions approaching the closure.”

Images from the scene

Updates to follow We will provide more information on this developing situation as it becomes available.