The A127 is expected to be closed until midnight following reports of horses racing along the road.

Reports say that the Southend bound road between Progress Road and Bellhouse Road has been closed.

All traffic is being diverted away from the road.

There was very heavy traffic throughout the morning, halting progress along the A127 and A128.

Arriva tweeted about the incident, warning passengers there will be delays to its number nine service.

At around 11.40am, the bus company warned that the road will be closed until midnight.

More information as we receive it.