A CYCLIST has been fined after cycling through a red light and knocking over a 90-year-old woman, breaking her leg.

Jamie Hood, 20, of Marlborough Road, Braintree, was fined a four figure sum in compensation after admitting dangerous cycling at Chelmsford magistrates Court on Monday, May 15.

On November 2, 2016, at 12.30pm, he failed to stop at a set of traffic lights in New Writtle Street, Chelmsford, and hit the 90-year-old woman as she crossed the road.

She was taken to hospital with a broken femur after the crash.

Essex Police have warned cyclists that they face prosecution if they fail to abide by the rules and pose a danger to the community.

Cyclists must abide by the Highway Code, or face large fines and possible prison sentences.

Investigating officer Matt Noone said: “Cyclists who fail to abide to the Highways Code by cycling dangerously and running red lights put themselves, pedestrians and other road users in danger.

“In some instances, people are seriously injured and even killed.

“This recent sentence shows that pedal cyclists are just as liable to prosecution as any other road user.

“Essex Police takes all reports of dangerous cycling serious and will they will be fully investigated.”

Visit https://www.gov.uk/browse/driving/highway-code-road-safety.