Old-boy racer given telling off

A pensioner has been told off by police after they found him travelling along a busy dual carriageway in his 8mph mobility buggy.

The 81-year-old was pulled over by officers on the A27 near Portsmouth after worried motorists called 999.

The man was not actually breaking the law by driving the battery-powered scooter on the road because it is not a motorway, but police said it was not a good idea.

The pensioner, from Hayling Island, Hampshire, told officers he had been shopping in nearby Farlington and took the dual carriageway because "it was quicker".

He had first been spotted going to the shops but traffic police only found him on the return journey near the turn-off for the A3(M).

The man and his buggy were then taken home in a police van.

Pc Steve Wootton told the Portsmouth News: "He seemed totally oblivious to all the fuss.

"He has been given stern advice about not using his buggy on the A27 and about getting alternative transport. He potentially could have been killed."

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