MERSEYSIDE traffic police pulled over a car that was not displaying number plates - and were told the "owner hadn't bothered because it would spoil the look".

The region's road policing unit issued a traffic offence report after stopping the blue Volkswagen in Burtonwood on Sunday.

Police shared the picture of the car on Twitter - but said there was no need to blank out the registration because the car hadn't been carrying one.

They tweeted: "The car would still look excellent with the plates displayed legally.

"They were never going to get away with that."