Page last updated at 01:20 GMT, Tuesday, 14 July 2009 02:20 UK

Border blues for charity cyclist

Jamie Barton with his bike and penalty notice
Jamie Barton said he did not realise his sat nav had taken him onto the motorway

A cyclist on a charity ride from Land's End to John O'Groats was given three points on his driving licence within minutes of crossing into Scotland.

Jamie Barton, 34, from Essex, was pulled over by officers after straying onto the A74(M) motorway near Gretna.

He was given a £60 fine and three penalty points even though he was not driving a car.

Dumfries and Galloway Police made no comment but said they were looking into the matter.

Mr Barton had been on the road for four days, raising money for a disabled five-year-old and a hospice she attends, when he had his unfortunate brush with the law.

'Bit harsh'

He explained: "I had just crossed the border. I was following a sat nav and had my head down. I didn't realise it was taking me onto the A74(M)."

He said he had been on the motorway for just a few minutes when he pulled over.

"They spent about 30 minutes with me in the car. They seemed intent on giving me the biggest penalty," he said.

Mr Barton said he was surprised by the severity of his treatment.

He said: "I realise they had to take me off the motorway for my safety and the safety of others and to an extent I agree with the fine but I think getting points on your licence is a bit harsh."

He has now resumed his ride and hopes to reach John O'Groats by the end of the week, raising more than £2,600.



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