A MAN was reported to the police for sunbathing on the embankment of the M61 between Hunger Hill and Horwich.

The incident occurred at around 1pm yesterday afternoon, when traffic officers were sent to investigate.

A spokesman for North West Motorway Police said: "We have taken a report of a male sunbathing on the embankment on the M61 between J6 and J5.

"Southbound Highways Traffic officers making to the area to check."

It was then revealed that the man was actually waiting for recovery services following the breakdown of his vehicle.

A spokesman for Highways said: "The male was with a breakdown and awaiting recovery. The vehicle has now been recovered."

The incident occurred as police officers begin questioning motorists whether their journey is essential, particularly over the bank holiday weekend.