THE M1 is temporarily closed southbound between junctions 31 and 30 due to an accident involving several cars.

The accident happened at 5am this morning on the southbound carriageway between junctions 31 and 30 and traffic is backing up.

A spokesman said: "There are not thought to be any serious injuries as this time.

"Traffic which built up behind the incident has been redirected by officers, however the M1 remains closed between junctions 31 and 30 as attempts to recover the vehicles and clear the debris are underway."