Driver arrested for colour of MOT

A motorist was arrested and locked in a police cell for three hours because his MOT certificate was the wrong shade of green.

Michael Cook, 49, from South Shields in South Tyneside, faced 30 minutes of questioning by police, who wrongly believed that his MOT document was a forgery. Mr Cook was photographed, fingerprinted and swabbed before eventually being cleared.

The self-employed roofer went to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) centre in Gosforth, Newcastle, and handed over the MOT certificate he had received two weeks previously.

However, when DVLA staff saw that his new document was a lighter shade of green than his old one, they called in the police.

"I had to be interviewed and they were asking all sorts of questions about where I had the MOT done," Mr Cook said, talking to the Shields Gazette. "I was there for quite a few hours until they proved it was a genuine certificate."

The DVLA has admitted its mistake and apologised to Mr Cook.

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