A DRIVER was pulled over by police after being spotted on his mobile phone at the wheel in an area frequented by horse riders.

Greater Manchester Police officers found the driver on his phone while driving through Simister Village.

The driver had only held his license for five months.

Greater Manchester Police Specials tweeted: "Using a phone whilst driving is dangerous, especially whilst driving through Simister village where horse riders are constantly trotting along

"Our GMP Specials continue to keep an eye on things down there.

"Driver only had his licence for 5 months - Its just not worth the risk!"

The Highway Code warns drivers to take "great care and treat all horses as a potential hazard."

The code reads: "Be particularly careful of horse riders and horse-drawn vehicles especially when overtaking.

"Always pass wide and slowly. Horse riders are often children, so take extra care and remember riders may ride in double file when escorting a young or inexperienced horse or rider.

"Look out for horse riders’ and horse drivers’ signals and heed a request to slow down or stop.

"Take great care and treat all horses as a potential hazard."