A stretch of the A120 between Stansted Airport and Great Dunmow was shut by Essex Police earlier today (Saturday, April 23) while officers responded to a welfare issue.

It was first shut at 9.30am earlier this morning and flow was stopped in both directions.

A police spokesperson said: "We were called to concerns for a man on the A120 near Stansted shortly before 8.45am.

"Emergency services are there currently and the incident is ongoing. The road is closed and we’d advise motorists to avoid the area."

The incident was eventually cleared at around 11.50am.

Advice from National Highways England was issued on their website for diversion routes at the time.

They said: "Road users travelling eastbound are being diverted at M11 Junction 8 roundabout and advised to take the B1256 through Takeley and Little Canfield, to join the A120 at Dunmow West Interchange.

"Road users travelling westbound are being diverted at Dunmow West Interchange and advised to take the B1256 through Little Canfield and Takeley to M11 J8."

The Essex Travel News Twitter account also said that there was about one mile of congestion caught within the closure point in both directions.