A DRIVER attempting to visit Southend to enjoy the sun got a nasty surprise yesterday when his car was seized by police.

The driver was travelling from Stratford to Southend for a day trip to enjoy the Saturday warm weather.

However, their trip was cut short when they were pulled over by Essex Police officers.

While the driver was travelling for a non-essential journey, that proved to be the least of his worries when officers discovered he was driving without a licence or any insurance.

The driver was reported by police and his car, a Renault Clio, was seized.

In a tweet following the incident, the Essex Roads Policing Unit said: "Travelling from Stratford to Southend on Sea for a day trip is not an essential journey nor part of your daily exercise.

"Driving here in a vehicle with No Insurance and not having a Driving Licence is even more silly.

"Vehicle seized, driver reported - CF/CG"