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Sky News man has fine day (not) driving in Belfast


Caught out: David Blevins

Caught out: David Blevins

Caught out: David Blevins

A TV journalist has revealed how he was snapped by one of Belfast's bus lane cameras.

David Blevins, who is Sky News' Ireland correspondent, said he had been one of the 15,000 motorists caught in recent weeks.

Mr Blevins posted a picture of the penalty on his Twitter profile.

He wrote: "Revenge on the media: Danny Kennedy's last task as roads minister was to fine me for driving in a bus lane! #Oops."

According to his ticket, Mr Blevins was snapped driving in the Great Victoria Street bus lane on July 22. Statistics obtained by this newspaper reveal the camera caught 3,745 motorists in eight weeks. Mr Blevins was issued with his penalty on September 8 - the day Mr Kennedy resigned as DRD Minister.

A former newspaper reporter with the Banbridge Chronicle and Portadown Times, Mr Blevins joined Sky News in 1996.

He was appointed as Ireland correspondent in 2001. During his time with Sky, Mr Blevins has covered Drumcree and the marching season, the Good Friday Agreement and the Omagh Bombing.

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He has also reported live on air during a bomb attack when covering the Holy Cross dispute in September 2001.

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