A MAN who refused to acknowledge highway restrictions on the M25 following a motorway incident has been fined.

Police officers were assisting Highways England near Junction 29, which connects Basildon traffic to the M25, following a broken down car in a live lane.

Whilst one lane was closed, officers noticed a number of drivers ignoring the signs on the gantry, continuing to use the lane and putting officers and road users at risk.

One of these drivers has since been charged with failure to comply with a rest arrow lane closure.

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Alexandre Marcel Ekwalla, 54 of Marten Road, London, appeared at Southend Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

He was ordered to pay a £750 fine, £75 in victim surcharge and £625 in legal costs. He has also had three penalty points added to his licence.

Head of Roads Policing Adam Pipe said: “These closures are put in place for the purpose of keeping those involved an accident or road incident and other road users safe.

“Those who fail to comply with these not only put themselves at risk but put our officers and Highways officers who are trying to safely resolve the incident at risk.”