A driver was stopped for speeding in Sale - and shocked police officers discovered he had been motoring happily for 25 years without a licence.

The officers checked their records and were shocked to discover the driver only had an expired provisional driving licence dating back to 1995 to his name.

The motorist had been banned from the roads in 1995 and wrongly assumed he would automatically get his licence back when the ban expired, according to police.

One of the of the officers who stopped the man told the M.E.N: "The driver did not realise this and thought he just got his licence back after being disqualified in 1995."

The driver's startling omission was uncovered after he was pulled over for speeding by officers in an unmarked police car outside a takeaway on Marsland Road on Friday night.

The driver was stopped for speeding outside a takeaway on Marsland Road

The man was was reported for driving otherwise that in accordance with a licence as he was 'not appropriately supervised and did not have L plates on the vehicle'.

To cap a bad night, officers also seized his car.

Posting about the incident on GMP's Trafford North Facebook page, officers wrote: "Officers located a vehicle in Sale, on speaking with the driver he admitted to driving without a driving licence for 25 years!

"Unfortunately for this driver his lucky streak ends today and his car was seized. He has now been reported."

It was one of a number of incidents reported by GMP's 'transport unit', which patrols in and around major transport hubs to make travelling safer for the public.

It was introduced by Chief Constable Ian Hopkins last year.

The unit arrested five suspects and seized weapons, drugs and vehicles while on patrol across Greater Manchester on Friday night.

One male they found with a knife in Urmston during a stop search told officers he only carried the blade so he could 'snort cocaine off it'.

He was arrested.

The unit was on patrol again on Saturday night when they arrested three suspects for drink or drug driving and removed several 'drunk and abusive revellers' from public transport.

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One man was arrested for racially abusing a woman and hurling homophobic abuse at a man.

He pretended to be a German-speaker for about 20 minutes until he slipped back into Mancunian, prompting a further arrest for obstructing police.