A disqualified driver stopped by police over the Bank Holiday weekend has been jailed for 12 weeks.

Officers out on patrol in the Chippenham area on Saturday morning were acting on a tip-off when they stopped a white BMW close to the A350.

The driver Harrison Futcher was arrested at the scene on suspicion of driving offences and later charged.

He appeared at Swindon Magistrates Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and failing to provide a specimen to police.

Futcher, 34, of Wadswick, Box, was jailed for 12 weeks and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £128.

Sergeant Thomas Thatcher, from the local policing team, said: “This was a fantastic example of proactive policing, by officers out on patrol in Chippenham.

“We had information that this BMW was being driven by someone who’d had their licence removed, so the teams were aware of this intelligence and were out looking for the car.

“Thankfully the vehicle was located and we were able to arrest Futcher, charge and remand him and get him before the courts swiftly.”

PC Jack Cassell, the officer who made the arrest, added: “We work hard to keep our roads safe and will take action against those motorists who pose a risk to others.

“We would urge anyone who believes they have information about someone committing driving offences, such as driving while disqualified or driving while under the influence, to report this to us.”

If you have information, then please report this to police by calling 101. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. If a crime is in progress then please call 999.