The Northumbria Safety Camera Partnership has released what it believes to be the definitive list of bizarre excuses for getting caught speeding.

These extravagant excuses include alien hypnosis, low-flying aircraft, a dying hamster and bouts of diarrhoea.

Here is the top 10:

“I had passed out after seeing flashing lights, which I believed to be UFOs in the distance. The flash of the camera brought me round from my trance. “

“I was in the airport's flight path and I believe the camera was triggered by a jet overhead, not my car.”

“I had a severe bout of diarrhoea and had to speed to a public toilet.”

“There was a strong wind behind my car, which pushed me over the limit.”

“My friend had just chopped his fingers off and I was rushing the fingers to hospital.”

“The vibrations from the surfboard I had on the roof rack set off the camera.”

“I had to rush my dying hamster to the vets.”

“A violent sneeze caused a chain reaction where my foot pushed down harder on the accelerator.”

“There was a suspected case of foot and mouth and I had to rush to see the cow concerned.”

“The only way I could demonstrate my faulty clutch was to accelerate madly.”