Two men have been arrested after a motorist drove the wrong way round the M25 in a police car chase.

The driver arrived on Britain's busiest motorway using an exit sliproad and travelled about six miles up the hard shoulder in the opposite direction of traffic.

The black Vauxhall Astra was not stopped until it left the road at the next junction.

Earlier, at around 4.40am, it is said to have failed to stop for police on the A22 in Godstone, Surrey and was then followed on to the M25 at junction six.

A Surrey Police spokesman said: "It continued travelling in the opposite direction to traffic on the hard shoulder while police units followed from the other side.

"The vehicle was subject to a stinger activation and was eventually brought to a halt on the M26 in Kent where the occupants decamped."

The two men, in their 20s, were arrested on suspicion of failing to stop for police, dangerous driving, theft of a motor vehicle and possession of a class B drug with intent to supply.

One of the men was taken to a nearby hospital with a shoulder wound. The other is in police custody. No officers were injured.

Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen the Vauxhall driving on the either the A22 or M25 to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to call the force's non-emergency 101 number, quoting reference TD/12/2410.