Police pull over man cycling on the M69 during lockdown

A cyclist has been fined for riding his pushbike on the M69 motorway during the coronavirus lockdown.

The male cyclist ignored safety rules and entered the dangerous motorway, where drivers could be travelling at high speeds.

He was stopped by Police on the southbound carriageway between Leicester and Hinckley at around 7.15pm on Sunday.

The cyclist was issued with a fine and given a lift home.

The surprised police officer tweeted the incident, saying: “First job of the night shift was to remove someone cycling along the M69! He was given a lift and reported for cycling along the motorway.”

He added: “Just because the sun is out it isn’t an essential journey.”

The officer was keen to remind cyclists that riding on the motorway is illegal and dangerous, even if the roads are quieter due to the coronavirus lockdown.

A spokesperson for Leicestershire Police said: “At around 7.15pm on Sunday an officer from the roads policing team came across a man on a pushbike on the southbound carriageway of the M69.”

“The matter had been reported by a concerned member of the public.”

“The man was located and removed from the carriageway. He was issued with a fixed penalty notice under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988.”

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