A MOTORIST who accelerated through a red light at the motorway roundabout north of Carlisle has been fined £320 and had three points put on his licence.

Patrick James Campbell, 50, committed the offence on March 31 last year, Carlisle's Rickergate Magistrates' Court heard.

Prosecutor George Shelley said the offence came to light after another motorist witnessed Campbell's illegal manoeuvre at the Greymoor Hill roundabout.

The witness saw the defendant's car "speed up" and then drive through the red light before going north on the M6.

The defendant, of Plains, Airdrie, Scotland, had just left the A689 and was joining the motorway.

"The evidence arises out of dashcam footage from [the witness], who was stationary at the lights," said Mr Shelley.

District Judge John Temperley noted that the guilty plea was entered a few weeks before a trial was due to take place.

The fine, along with £85 costs and a £34 victim surcharge, must be paid within 28 days, said the judge.