The A12 has been closed in both directions after a tractor caught fire.

The road between junction 17 with Howe Green and A130 and junction 16 with Galleywood and B1007 were completely blocked off after the vehicle towing hay bales caught fire.

The incident was first reported at around 12.55pm today.

Traffic is at a complete standstill northbound back to junction 15 and all the way to junction 18 on the Londonbound side.

No injuries have been reported following the fire.

The incident is still ongoing.

Essex Fire and Rescue Service has been contacted following this incident.