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Rider given "words of advice" by police officers who escorted him to safety...

Police officers gave a cyclist “words of advice” after escorting him off the M25 on Sunday, where he had been riding on the hard shoulder into the face of oncoming traffic.

A CCTV image tweeted by Highways England showed the rider pedalling towards some cones and a road sign which had been placed on the hard shoulder,

The man was spotted riding between Junction 4 (Badgers Mount) and Junction 5 (Sevenoaks) in Kent.

A subsequent tweet confirmed that the cyclist had been “given suitable words of advice” by the police officers who took him to safety.

Rule 253 of the Highway Code bans cyclists from motorways, although we have reported a number of times on riders who have strayed onto them.

Reasons cyclists may end up on motorways include poor signage or ignorance of the law, or because they have followed directions on a sat-nav app on their phone.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.