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Driving ban for Guy Ritchie after snatched picture

Caught, stock and barrel: Ritchie was pictured texting while at the wheel of his Range Rover PICTURE: EVENING STANDARD/EYEVINE

GUY RITCHIE has been banned from driving for six months after a cyclist filmed the Hollywood director texting at the wheel of his Range Rover and handed footage to police.

Ritchie was seen by Mike van Erp as he typed a message on his mobile while stationary in Hyde Park last November.

The 51-year-old, whose films include Snatch, and Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, was given six points on his licence, taking the total to 15, and ordered to pay a £666 fine, plus £166 for prosecution and court fees, the Evening Standard reported.

He was not required to appear at Bromley magistrates’ court this week.

Mr van Erp, 48, is a road safety warrior who prides himself on having caught 358 drivers in a year, leading to 574 penalty points and £35,400 in fines.

The lycra-clad vigilante, a carer and roller-skating instructor, rides around London with a GoPro to catch drivers using their phones — often in traffic jams or by red lights — before passing their details to police.

He posts videos of his triumphs on his ‘CyclingMikey’ YouTube channel, which has 22,600 subscribers.

Mr van Erp told MailOnline: ‘My dad was killed by a drink-driver when I was 19. I still remember him, so I feel very strongly about road safety. I first got my helmet camera in 2006 and realised its potential.’