Police safely stopped an elderly driver who was travelling the wrong way on the M25 and into oncoming traffic.

The Mercedes driver thankfully came to a stop in the outside lane overnight (January 21) between London Colney and Watford.

The Hertfordshire road policing team said there had been a "few near misses" before its officers stepped in to bring the "confused" driver to a halt.

Police tweeted that the man was suffering from a medical episode. He was taken home and his licence is set to be taken away from him.

The Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Hertfordshire road policing unit tweeted: "M25. Elderly driver was confused and suffering a medical episode & driven the wrong way towards oncoming traffic between London Colney and Watford.

"We stopped them safely after a few near misses with other vehicles. Could have been a very different outcome.

"The elderly driver's licence will be medically revoked and after being dropped home by police. His son now has ownership of the vehicle to prevent any further issues arising again."

It's believed the driver was brought to a stop shortly before 11pm. National Highways, the body that looks after England's motorways, tweeted at 10.44pm that traffic had been stopped on the clockwise carriageway between junction 21A for Bricket Wood and 22 for London Colney due to a police incident being led by Hertfordshire Constabulary.

Ten minutes later, National Highways said traffic had been released with no delays in the area.