The Olympic torch is behind schedule after being delayed by a road accident ahead of being carried by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.

Oliver, 37, will take the torch through the Essex village where he went to school.

The relay convoy was delayed by about 15 minutes after a crash between two motorbikes which were travelling in the opposite direction as it passed Chelmsford.

A spokesman for Essex Police said the torch was continuing on its journey following the accident on the A414 near Hylands Park, Writtle, at 7.40am.

The man and woman involved in the crash were taken to hospital with suspected broken bones.

Oliver will be joined by three other torchbearers in Newport as the relay makes its way between Chelmsford and Cambridge.

He lives in nearby Clavering with his wife Jules, daughters Poppy, Daisy and Petal, and son Buddy, while his parents own a pub and restaurant nearby.

Oliver, who studied at Newport Free Grammar School, was put forward for the honour by games sponsor Samsung.

A spokesman for Samsung said: "We are delighted to announce that Jamie will take part when the torch arrives in Newport.

"He is an inspirational figure and has put forward many deserving youngsters himself, who have now become and are set to become torchbearers elsewhere in the UK."