The A12 has been closed at Colchester for several hours while firefighters deal with a lorry which has caught alight.

The road was closed between junction 27 at Eight Ash Green and junction 28 at Colchester north on the eastbound carriageway, after being first reported shortly after 12.30pm today, January 9.

Essex Police control room confirmed that officers were on the scene and closed the road while the incident was dealt with.

The road was reopened as of 3.25pm, however lane one has stayed closed due to an unrelated vehicle breakdown.