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Deere oh Deere! Gardener filmed by Police for using his mobile phone whilst on a ride on mower

Grass Clipping - Lawn Mower Driver Caught on the PhoneA gardener has landed himself in hot water after he was spotted using his phone behind the wheel of his ride-on lawnmower - outside a police station.

The 47-year-old council gardener allegedly pulled out his phone while sat at traffic lights right outside a police station in Ely, Cardiff.

Officers then pulled over his green John Deere ride-on lawnmower. The worker told how he picked up his phone to change some music on his way between grass-cutting jobs.

But he was accused of illegally using the phone at the wheel on a public road - even though it was a lawn-mower and not a car.   The worker is set to appear in front of magistrates later this month where he could face a £200 fine, six points on his licence or both.

Police were handed dashcam footage of the gardener holding his phone in his left hand as he steered with his right - and with a marked police van on the busy road just yards behind.

Cardiff Council confirmed the man was one of their employees and said he would face disciplinary action.

A spokesman said: 'The council will be following up this matter in line with council policy and procedure.'

My comment is that I often see Police Officers using their mobile phone whilst driving.  What makes them so special?  Perhaps they think they are a 'cut above the rest' of us?

Read the full story and video on The Dail Mail

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