Three men have been arrested following reports that a non-police car was attempting to pull over motorists on the M25.

Drivers called Surrey Police yesterday evening to say a silver Ford Mondeo equipped with blue flashing lights was trying to get other drivers to pull over on the clockwise section at Leatherhead.

Officers stopped a vehicle matching the description given near junction 11 of the M25 shortly before 8.50pm.

The three occupants of the vehicle were arrested and are currently in custody.

Officers have spoken to a number of people at the scene but are keen to speak to anyone else who was either pulled over or had any contact with this vehicle or its occupants.

Surrey Police did not say what reasons the men gave to motorists for stopping them.

Police officers have enlisted the aid of the world’s most famous designated driver to help campaign about the dangers of getting behind the wheel after too many Christmas drinks.

Northamptonshire Police officers stumbled upon sober recruit Rudolph the reindeer while carrying out drink-drive operations in Holcot.

He bumped antlers with officers when they pulled over a motorist transporting a trailer full of the festive animals.

Needless to say, Rudolph would never dream of indulging in too much Christmas cheer and leave himself unable to carry out his all-important duties pulling Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve.

Chief Inspector Dave Lawson, from Specialist Operations at Northamptonshire Police, said: “We want everyone who uses our roads to be safe and that includes reindeer!

“Since the beginning of December, 63 people have been arrested as part of this year’s drink drive campaign and officers will be out throughout the Christmas period to continue the operation.”

“We don’t want to ruin anyone’s Christmas but I have to emphasise that it is the motorists’ responsibility to make sure they are not over the limit when they get behind the wheel. Our message is clear – if you are driving, don’t drink alcohol.

“Now is the time to get organised and decide who is going to be your nominated driver or who is going to pick you up if you are planning to have a drink.”

High-profile operations to tackle drink drivers will be taking place until the end of December, both in the evenings and in the early mornings.

A tanker carrying as much as 3,000 gallons of slurry has overturned, closing a road in Cornwall, police have said.

Emergency services were called to the scene on the A30 at Scorrier, near Redruth, Cornwall at 10.20am on Monday after a collision was reported on the eastbound slip road.

A second tanker is currently clearing up the lorry’s “load”, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

The Exeter-bound carriageway of the A30 is closed but is likely to reopen later.

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