LIVES were put at risk after the contents of a wheelie bin were tipped onto a motorway from a bridge.
Drivers were forced to swerve violently to avoid litter strewn across the M27 eastbound in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Police say the debris was thrown onto the motorway shortly after 1am.
Hampshire police closed two lanes of the motorway near the Swanwick Lane Bridge at Swanwick.
The Highways Agency was called soon after and deployed an incident support unit to clear up the rubbish.
Police officers left just after 2am, half and hour before the Highways Agency.
Sgt Wayne Voller, of the Fratton roads policing unit, said the eastbound lanes near Fareham were shut for two hours as the road was cleared of bin bags and other litter.
Sgt Voller, who attended the incident, said: ‘Drivers faced a real danger.
‘I saw a car and a lorry swerve violently to avoid the rubbish.
‘There is no doubt this was done deliberately.’
A police spokesman added a wheelie bin was recovered from the bridge.
A spokesman for the Highways Agency said the litter on the road was consistent with the contents of a domestic wheelie bin.
They added: ‘Dropping items from bridges onto roads puts lives at risk and may give rise to criminal prosecution.
‘We work with the police to assist them in their prosecutions, where necessary.’
Police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen anything suspicious in the area at around 1am.
Officers are also keen to talk to anyone whose wheelie bin has gone missing.
If you have information on the incident, contact Sgt Voller via 0845 045 4545.