25-year-old man had been trying to shave a few miles off his ride home from work

A cyclist who was stopped by police while riding on the M65 in Lancashire managed to avoid being arrested, instead being given with a fixed penalty notice and a severe warning.

The 25-year-old man was spotted cycling between junctions five and six of the M65 on Sunday afternoon, with police saying that he was using the motorway as a shortcut on his commute from his work in Accrington to Blackburn.

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The cyclist was safely escorted off the motorway by police, but Hyndburn council leader Miles Parkinson told the Lancashire Telegraph that the cyclist’s action could easily have caused an accident.

“Cycling you may just be doing 10, 15 or 20 miles per hour but anyone who has ever broken down on the hard shoulder will have seen exactly how fast vehicles on the carriageways are going,” said Cllr Parkinson.

“Fortunately nobody was injured in this instance but if there had been a crash it could have resulted in a multi-vehicle pile up and a number of fatalities.

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“He could have also prevented a motorist needing to use the hard shoulder in an emergency from doing so.”

This is far from the first time that a cyclist has found their way onto a motorway, with one particularly persistent rider last year being fined for riding on the M25, only hours after earlier being escorted off the motorway for the same reason.