Van driver caught watching Lord of the Rings on the M25


Traffic police see their fair share of bad driving on the road, but even officers in Surrey were taken aback when they spotted a van driver watching Lord of the Rings on a portable DVD player while traffic was moving at around 60mph.

The man from Guildford was stopped on Thursday morning on the motorway near Cobham while at the wheel of a Ford Transit – complete with a DVD player mounted on the dashboard – and could now face a charge for driving without due care and attention and have points added to his licence.

The 30-something motorist who was watching one of the film installments of JRR Tolkien's hugely popular fantasy series, is now expected to make a court appearance. Talking about the incident Surrey Police posted on Twitter: "We stop many drivers for speeding, using mobile phones sometime both every day. People watching TV not so often."

A spokesman from the force told The Telegraph: "A man in his 30s from Guildford has been reported for driving without due care and attention after officers from the Surrey Roads Policing Unit stopped a blue Ford Transit van on the M25 this morning.

"The vehicle was stopped on the clockwise carriageway just before Cobham services at around 7.45am when it is believed traffic was flowing at around 60mph.

"It is suspected the driver, who was the single occupant of the vehicle, may have been using a portable DVD player which was seen on the dashboard of the van."