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Lorry driver filmed reading book while driving along M60

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Media captionThe lorry driver was filmed by undercover police on the M60 in Greater Manchester

A trucker has been caught reading a book while driving his lorry along a motorway.

Secretly-filmed footage shows the book resting on the lorry's steering wheel on the M60 in Greater Manchester.

The driver was given a fixed penalty notice as part of a police crackdown on dangerous driving.

He was one of 71 motorists stopped for traffic offences - 50 for using mobile phones - by officers patrolling in an unmarked HGV cab fitted with cameras.

'Unbelievable'

Greater Manchester Police said the elevated position of the cab allowed officers to see into other lorries, as well as smaller vehicles.

Of those stopped since 1 May, 66 were issued with tickets for driving without due care and attention.

One vehicle was seized.

Insp Susan Redfern said: "I hope those people who have been issued with penalties take their punishments to heart and stop committing offences that are endangering the lives of other drivers."

She said there had been a range of reasons for stopping drivers but said the driver reading at the wheel was the "most unbelievable".

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