A DRIVER who hadn't taxed his car since 2011 and a 16-year-old who drove a vehicle away from his workplace were among those stopped during a day of action in north Dorset.

Dorset Police's No Excuse safety camera and community speed watch teams carried out patrols near Gryphon School in Sherborne, where several vehicles were stopped for driving offences.

Police seized a vehicle for no insurance after it was discovered the driver's policy was cancelled in August.

A No Excuse spokesman said: "This driver had been stopped last month in a different force for the same offence. He is now looking at losing his licence."

The second vehicle seized was a Mercedes which was stopped for travelling at 90mph in a 70mph zone. The driver also hadn't paid for his insurance for two months.

A Ford Focus flagged up as being a suspicious vehicle was stopped and the driver spoken to. He was found to only have a provisional licence and no insurance. The driver was reported for both offences.

Officers who stopped a Saab with no insurance discovered that the driver hadn't taxed the vehicle since 2011 or taken it for an MOT since 2015.

A spokesman recalled the excuse given to police: "The driver stated that the vehicle was usually stored in his garage and he only used it in emergency's and his other vehicle had broken down."

The fifth car to be seized was a Renault Scenic stopped for travelling at 90mph in a 70mph. The driver initially gave false details as he was not on the insurance policy, when police threatened him with arrest.

After giving his correct details he was found to only have a provisional licence and he admitted he had borrowed his girlfriend's vehicle to go and play snooker.

The safety team caught 11 speeding drivers - one which was travelling at 103 mph in a 70mph - while the camera team detected 80 speeding vehicles.

Three motorists were also stopped for using their phone whilst driving. One driver towing a trailer for work admitted being on the phone to a friend talking about a night out.

Drivers were also given warnings about inconsiderate parking near the school.

While en route back to station, officers stopped a car and found the driver to only be 16 years old and disqualified from driving. He had taken a car without consent from his place of work and failed a drug wipe test. Police arrested him and seized the car.

Sergeant Jephcott of the No Excuse team said: "The team attended the area in response to complaints from the public. This was a highly productive evening working alongside the camera team and community speed watch.

"The feedback from the local community was very positive. The team are committed to making the roads of Dorset safe. "