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Cyclist fined £700 after jumping red light

Mind you, swearing at police and trying to ride off twice probably didn't help...

A cyclist in Brighton has been fined £700 and ordered to pay £215 costs after riding through a red light. Richard Hodgson, aged 53, was found guilty by Brighton magistrates of ignoring the traffic light, cycling without lights, cycling on the pavement and failure to stop for police.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Hodgson had been stopped by a police car after going through the red light, but he swore at officers and twice tried to ride off.

Inspector James Biggs from the Sussex Police road policing unit said: "Our communities in Brighton and Hove are regularly raising concerns about anti-social cycling, where cyclists are cycling on pavements, having no regard for red traffic lights and cycling without lights at night.

"This behaviour puts both the cyclists and other road users at risk and we will respond robustly to anyone found committing such offences."

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