Mobility scooter boatman revealed – and he was taking girlfriend out for day’s fishing

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The mystery mobility scooter boatman has been revealed as 22-year-old Hartlepool butcher Luke Cartridge.

Luke suffered a bad break to his left leg during a night out in Newcastle last November and bought the second hand scooter for £120 to help him get around.

Hartlepool's mobility scooter boatman, Luke Cartridge.

Hartlepool's mobility scooter boatman, Luke Cartridge.

He and girlfriend Natasha Day, 19, decided to go in a fishing trip in Luke’s rowing boat but with no car available transport options were limited.

Luke said: “There’s a handle on the back of the scooter that I was able to chain the boat to.

“We set out with Natasha walking alongside me and knew it would take a while because it’s pretty slow anyway even when it’s not towing a rowing boat.

“The traffic started building up behind me and I suddenly realised the were traffic jams stretching way back.

Me and Natasha only wanted a day fishing we didn’t think it would cause so much fuss. I wouldn’t care but we never caught a thing!

Luke Cartridge

“Most of the drivers were ok about it, most of them were laughing and quite a few got out to take pictures.

“On the way back the police pulled me over and asked for a word. They said I wasn’t doing anything wrong but that I was causing traffic hold ups.

“They asked me to park my boat somewhere nearby as it was getting dark so I left it at my mum’s.

“Me and Natasha only wanted a day fishing we didn’t think it would cause so much fuss. I wouldn’t care but we never caught a thing!”